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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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Awards:
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(14 articles)
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The Most Hilarious Film Ever Made 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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Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Davis desperately wanted John Barrymore to play Whiteside, but he couldn't remember lines. She always said later that she'd rather have acted with him reading from cue cards than with anyone else.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mr. Whiteside is having his conversation with June, each time the camera angle changes, Whiteside alternates his position from sitting back in his chair to leaning forward.See more »
Quotes:
Maggie Cutler:[to Sheridan] Don't you pull any of your tricks on me, because I'm on to every one of them. So lay off. That's my message to you... "Big" Lord Fauntleroy!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Did You Ever Have the Feeling That You Wanted to Go?See more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Most Hilarious Film Ever Made, 14 April 2001
Author: sdiner82 (sdiner82@aol.com) from New York City, USA

After nearly 60 years, "The Man Who Came To Dinner" still ranks as the most hilarious film ever committed to celluloid. Though censorship at the time required some of Kaufman and Hart's ribald dialogue to be toned down, no matter! Monty Woolley's performance is priceless, but Bette Davis, for once in a subdued, non-star performance, provides the heart of the movie and is achingly touching in her subtle evocation of a down-trodden secretary finally discovering love--and in danger of losing her Romeo to the ravishing, outrageously man-eating Ann Sheridan. A perfect film for Christmas viewing (thanks to its exquisite black-and-white cinematography capturing a greeting card background for the non-stop lunacy in the foreground). A perfect film for any day of the year. I've seen other versions--the TV production with Orson Welles, the Broadway musical in the late 1960s, the recent Broadway revival with Nathan Lane. They all pale when compared to this definitive, timeless, masterpiece!

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