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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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La maison de mes rêves  »

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When Bill sarcastically asks Connie if the couple viewing their apartment were part of the "Dies Committee", he is referring to the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Established in May, 1938 and chaired by Rep. Martin Dies, Jr., a Democrat from Texas, it's objective was to investigate private citizens and public employees suspected of fascist or communist ties. See more »

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When Bill is coming in with an armload of stuff from the car to the house, the position of the suitcase on top changes between shots several times before he drops the whole pile. See more »

Quotes

Bill Fuller: [stomping up the stairs] Is it safe to walk up this thing in September, or must I install a ski lift?
Mr. 'Kimbie' Kimber, the Handyman: Ain't had a good snowstorm in about... three years.
Connie Fuller: You just wait until you see it a month from now when it's fixed up. We're going to do it all with local labor. Aren't we, Mr. Kimber? Mr. Kimber's going to superintend the whole thing. Can't you just see the possibilities?
Bill Fuller: Connie, I don't see how you do it... or WHY!
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Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
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Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Sung a cappella by Douglas Croft
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not top-notch, but amusing
31 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

The classic of the "ramshackle house in the country" genre is without doubt "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House", and although this predecessor by 6 years does not attain its succesor's high comic level, it is still amusing and worth a see. I must admit I feel ancient when a viewer here writes "Remember Jack Benny?" For those of us who grew up in the fifties he was a titan of early television. Although he and Ann Sheridan cannot match the chemistry of Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in the later flick, they still work well together, and the whole project is abetted by a marvelous script from the unmatched talents of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, whose best lines go to Benny's Bill Fuller. Also notable are a contribution from Charles Coburn and a cameo from the inimitable Franklin Pangborn. Worthwhile comic viewing.


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