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The More the Merrier (1943)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  23 October 1943 (Sweden)
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During the WW2 housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.



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It's World War II and there is a severe housing shortage everywhere - especially in Washington, D.C. where Connie Milligan rents an apartment. Believing it to be her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half of her apartment, fully expecting a suitable female tenent. What she gets instead is mischievous, middle-aged Benjamin Dingle. Dingle talks her into subletting to him and then promptly sublets half of his half to young, irreverent Joe Carter - creating a situation tailor-made for comedy and romance. Written by A.L.Beneteau <>

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23 October 1943 (Sweden)  »

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Merry-Go-Round  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Narrator: Our vagabond camera takes us to beautiful Washington, D.C., the national capital of our United States, situated on the broad banks of the Potomac River. Living is pleasant and leisurely... for it is a city of formality and custom. Manners and courtesy are responsible for the well-ordered conduct of its daily affairs. The many fine restaurants of Washington are the delight of the epicurean and the gourmet, where one may enjoy to the full the rare dishes of the old south. ...
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A classic war romantic comedy
19 June 2001 | by (st. pete, fl usa) – See all my reviews

This film showed how crowded our nation's capital was during the war. Everyone was there trying to sell their ideas or find ways to improve our war effort. Due to this overcrowding, citizens of Washington DC were asked to be hospitable and let people stay with them. This is where this film gets the idea for this confusing, frustrating and romantic tale.

Picture pretty little Connie(Jean Arthur) living in the fair city of Washington DC. A hard working girl who lives in an apartment by herself. To be patriotic, she decides to rent out her other bedroom. She didn't figure her future roomie would be a male. Now picture Mr. Dingle(Charles Coburn) is a big wig who has come to town to meet with Washington's big wigs. Good golly, his hotel room has been given away and he can not find another place to stay. Guess where he ends up?? Poor Connie.

Now picture young handsome Joseph Carter. Coming to town to show his ideas to improve our flying fleet. He can't find a place either. He runs into our friend Mr. Dingle. Mr. Dingle has a grand idea. Now guess where he is going to stay. Poor poor Connie.

Our dear Connie has a boyfriend who she has been dating, FOREVER!! A Mr. Charles J Pendergast(Richard Gaines). Stuffy, by-the-book, close minded bore. Oh my, he won't like this situation one bit. Poor, poor,...well you get the idea.

This film is a scream. A great script, great direction, and great acting. A great look back into life during the war and wonderful romantic story. Not to mention Jean Arthur's and Charles Coburn's best performances ever.

A classic romantic comedy. You just have to see this!!!

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