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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
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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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Mr. Prescott
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Clayton Evans
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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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Trivia

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 »

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Connie Fuller: Darling, are you alright?
Bill Fuller: Oh, fine. Fine.
[looks around]
Bill Fuller: Well, at least nothing can happen for ANOTHER 17 years.
[Both Bill and Connie fall into a boarded up well, followed by a big splash]
Mr. 'Kimbie' Kimber, the Handyman: [looking inside] Mr. and Mrs. Fuller struck water! WHOOPIIIIEEEE!
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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

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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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An Underrated Comic Gem
4 May 2005 | by (Biloxi, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

George S. Kauffman & Moss Hart's GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE was one of Broadway's most successful comedies of the early 1940s, a bright and witty tale with a slightly Americana tone that World War II audiences found particularly appealing. The film version, sparked up by the completely unexpected chemistry of dry-humored Jack Benny and "Oomph Girl" Ann Sheridan, is every bit as charming.

When New Yorkers Bill and Connie Fuller (Benny and Sheridan) are evicted from their apartment (their third change of address in less than a year), wife Connie decides what they need is a place in the country... and buys an incredibly dilapidated house where George Washington is said to have once slept. Needless to say, husband Bill is horrified--and keeps on being horrified as the price of renovation skyrockets.

Benny was most popular when he played himself in roles tailored to his talents, but although this role is a bit atypical his talents are well suited to the constantly harried Bill Fuller--and he has remarkable rapport with co-star Ann Sheridan, an underestimated actress who shows tremendous flair for comedy as his determinedly optimistic wife. Both are well supported by a cast that includes Charles Coburn, Joyce Reynolds, and Percy Kilbride, and Hattie McDaniel (best remembered as Mammy in GONE WITH THE WIND) really shines as Hester, their long-suffering domestic who finds herself with a hole in the kitchen wall big enough for a horse to walk through--and one does! The pace is snappy, the script is witty, and every one is sure to have a good time. Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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