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George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 November 1942 (USA)
When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.

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Connie Fuller
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Uncle Stanley J. Menninger
Percy Kilbride ...
Mr. 'Kimbie' Kimber, the Handyman
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Hester, the Fullers' Maid
William Tracy ...
Steve Eldridge
Joyce Reynolds ...
Madge
Lee Patrick ...
Rena Leslie
Charles Dingle ...
Mr. Prescott
John Emery ...
Clayton Evans
Douglas Croft ...
Raymond
Harvey Stephens ...
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Mr. Gibney
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New Yorkers Bill and Connie Fuller have to move from their apartment. Without Bill's knowledge, Connie purchases a delapidated old farmhouse in Pennsylvania, where George Washington was supposed to have actually slept during the American Revolution. Much of the humor comes from the couple's many problems they encounter while trying to fix up the place. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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28 November 1942 (USA)  »

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La maison de mes rêves  »

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When Connie and Bill are driving out in the country, she mentions they were on the "Old York Road". That was the main road between New York City and Philadelphia during the pre-Revolutionary War era. The trip by coach and ferry took two days before the advent of railroads. See more »

Goofs

When Jack Benny's character is putting up the roof on his convertible, during the first rain storm at the new/old house, he forgets to put up his windows. As a minute ago he was speaking with Mr. Kilbride. See more »

Quotes

Connie Fuller: Bill! Why don't we invite Mr. Kimber? After all, it's HIS cider.
Bill Fuller: Well, sure!
[calling out the window]
Bill Fuller: HEY, MR. KIIMBEER! MR. HIII-HO KIMBEERRR!
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Remade as The Money Pit (1986) See more »

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The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
Music by George Frederick Root
Some bars in the score during the opening credits
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Benny is a bit stiff here, but there is a good reason
8 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a better comedy than many reviewers indicate. To appreciate it you have to remember two things - firstly, it was made in 1942, and thus there are quite a few patriotic themes in the movie, since that was the kind of film being made at the beginning of World War II, when the U.S. didn't yet know if it would be successful fighting a two front war in which everything was at stake. The second thing to remember is that Jack Benny did all of his scenes with Percy Kilbride (later known as Pa Kettle) on days in which he had gotten no sleep the night before. He did this deliberately, because Jack had insisted Kilbride play the part when Jack Warner just wanted to insert one of his contract players. Jack Benny insisted that Kilbride made the play and was thus essential for the movie. Jack Benny got his way, but every time Jack Benny looked at Percy Kilbride when he was shooting the movie he broke into hysterical laughter. When the director threatened to remove Benny if he continued this, then Benny decided to stay up all night before he had any scenes with Kilbride because then he was so exhausted that he just didn't care.

If you're in the mood for a light sweet movie from the 40's with Benny's brand of understated comedy, this certainly fits the bill. Just don't expect Benny the miser of Jack's radio and TV days. This film takes advantage of Benny's comic timing and deadpan delivery of comic observations when confronted by outrageous behavior and situations on all sides, but it is just not a role for a cheapskate.


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