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Director:
Writers:
Julius J. Epstein (screen play) and
Philip G. Epstein (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
24 January 1942 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1942 Bette Davis a Subdued Secretary in a Comedy See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Maggie Cutler

Ann Sheridan ... Lorraine Sheldon
Monty Woolley ... Sheridan Whiteside
Richard Travis ... Bert Jefferson

Jimmy Durante ... Banjo

Billie Burke ... Mrs. Ernest Stanley
Reginald Gardiner ... Beverly Carlton
Elisabeth Fraser ... June Stanley

Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Ernest Stanley
George Barbier ... Dr. Bradley

Mary Wickes ... Miss Preen
Russell Arms ... Richard Stanley
Ruth Vivian ... Harriet
Edwin Stanley ... John
Betty Roadman ... Sarah
Charles Drake ... Sandy
Nanette Vallon ... Cosette
John Ridgely ... Radio Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Michaelson (uncredited)
Leah Baird ... Fan at Train Station (uncredited)
Leslie Brooks ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Gertrude Carr ... Small Part (uncredited)
Georgia Carroll ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Guard (uncredited)
Laura Hope Crews ... Fan (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Porter at Train Station (uncredited)
Peggy Diggins ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Roland Drew ... Reporter (uncredited)
Inez Gay ... Small Part (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Herbert Gunn ... Radio Man (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Radio Man (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Announcer (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Detective (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Expressman (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Harry (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Haggerty (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Joe - Expressman (uncredited)
Alix Talton ... Chorine (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Freddie - Vendor (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Fan at Train Station (uncredited)

Gig Young ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
William Keighley 
 
Writing credits
Julius J. Epstein (screen play) and
Philip G. Epstein (screen play)

George S. Kaufman (from the stage play by) and
Moss Hart (from the stage play by)

Produced by
Jack Saper .... associate producer
Jerry Wald .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Jack L. Warner .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender (music by) (as Frederick Hollander)
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Killifer (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
 
Other crew
Sam Harris .... producer: stage play (as Sam H. Harris)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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112 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #7628)

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Trivia:
The authors asked Alexander Woollcott if he would like to play the part of Whiteside when the play opened on Broadway. He declined. The authors then approached Monty Woolley, who at that time was a professor at Yale. They wrote him "would it amuse you to play the part of Whiteside?" to which Woolley replied "it would amuse everyone."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At one point in the film, Maggie Cutler goes to the window and comments on the snow falling outside. The falling snow is clearly visible outside the window. Then the camera goes to a medium shot, with all the windows visible, but from this angle, no snow is seen to be falling whatsoever.See more »
Quotes:
Banjo:[lasciviously to Nurse Preen] Come to my room in a half hour and bring some rye bread.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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20 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
1942 Bette Davis a Subdued Secretary in a Comedy, 18 October 2007
Author: semioticz from United States

Screenwriters Moss Hart & George S. Kaufmann created this hilarious story based upon the personas of playwright Noel Coward, film critic Alexander Woollcott, and theater actress Gertrude Lawrence. It became a Broadway hit, then this box-office sensation. Bette Davis convinced Warner Brothers to make this film.

When "The Man Who Came To Dinner," Sheridan Whiteside (Monty Woolley), an eccentric author & radio lecturer, & his secretary, Maggie Cutler (Bette Davis), arrive at the home of a prominent Ohio family, the Stanleys, Whiteside injures his leg, slipping at his hosts' entrance. After a doctor (George Barbier) tells Whiteside that his leg is broken & he can't leave, the eccentric guest who had only come to dinner wreaks havoc by meddling in everyone else's lives in a proper family's home! Whiteside is especially bent upon keeping Maggie (Davis) unmarried & employed as his secretary who manages all of his life affairs. She's fallen in love, wants to marry & leave her job. Whiteside even bribes the doctor to remain silent after learning nothing's wrong with his leg! When Mr. Stanley uncovers their fraud, Whiteside blackmails him by holding an old family secret over his head. Though, Whiteside's plot to keep Maggie doesn't fool her, it is the central comedy performance of the movie.

Maggie Cutler (Davis) is a perfect foil for Whiteside (Woolley). Her original role was not as central in the stage play. It was expanded for film. Playing a secretary is the only time during Davis' golden 40's period in Hollywood when she accepted a supporting role. However, Davis was billed first in order to make the movie box-office hit. It's a delightful Christmas comedy.

Here's a typical exchange between 'Sheri' & Maggie: Sheridan Whiteside: I simply will not sit down to dinner with Midwestern barbarians, I think too highly of my digestive system.

Maggie Cutler: Harry Clarke is one of your oldest friends.

Sheridan Whiteside: My stomach is an older one.

Maggie Cutler: And Mrs. Stanley is President of the women's club.

Sheridan Whiteside: I wouldn't care if she was the whole cabinet.

Banjo (Jimmy Durante) delivers some memorable comical one-liners, as well.

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