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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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Uncle Stanley J. Menninger
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Mr. 'Kimbie' Kimber, the Handyman
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Hester, the Fullers' Maid
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Steve Eldridge
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Madge
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Rena Leslie
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Clayton Evans
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Raymond
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Mr. Gibney
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Storyline

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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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

According to Mary Livingston Benny's biography "Jack Benny", Ann Sheridan had recently been divorced just prior to making this movie and Jack grew fond of her even . Jack sent flowers to Ann during the course of filming and Mary found about this and immediately went to the film set on the Warner Brothers lot and confronted Jack about this. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film when Jack and Ann drop into a hole in the ground, if you take your TV remote and pause about two seconds before they fall, and then switch to super Slo-Mo on the remote...you can clearly see the faces of the stand-in actors who took the fall. Really neat!. See more »

Quotes

Bill Fuller: Connie, why didn't you tell me about this letter from the bank?
Connie Fuller: I didn't want to bother you, Bill.
Bill Fuller: Bother me? It's just a letter about foreclosure, that's all.
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References The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Never Smile Again
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ruth Lowe
Sung a cappella by Percy Kilbride
Reprised a cappella by Jack Benny and Charles Coburn
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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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