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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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Storyline

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 <albl@inforamp.net>

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"Did you say'Tingle.?" - "No, 'Dingle'...D-I-N-G-L-E!" (original Card B poster) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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23 October 1943 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Merry-Go-Round  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Connie says that her fiancée, Mr. Pendergast, works for the "OPL" which stands for Office of Public Liaison. Many government departments have an OPL which is a sort of public relations manager. There were at least a couple of government departments associated with housing in 1943 but a specific department is not mentioned in the movie. See more »

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When Mr. Carter goes to take a shower after Miss Milligan returns home from work, he is shown wearing a bathrobe, socks and slippers. As he enters the bathroom, he removes his bathrobe, and then gets into the shower. But is he still wearing his socks? He must be, because he isn't shown taking them off. See more »

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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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Don't Try To Steal The Sweetheart Of A Soldier
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Music by Gus Van and Joe Schenck
Lyrics by Al Bryan
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Wonderful, endearing romantic comedy
28 July 1999 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

I truly love this wonderful,endearing romantic comedy from Hollywood's golden age. It has a unique setting - Washington D.C. during the housing shortage caused by World War II, and gets great comic mileage out of the various problems caused by the situation. George Stevens handles it all superbly, but what you remember most are the three charming leads. Charles Coburn justifiedly won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his scene-stealing panache as the elderly Cupid who helps steer Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea towards love. McCrea was an unsung but marvelously effective leading man in the 30's and 40's - rather like Jeff Bridges has been in his career. He's very fine here, and also in the movies he made for Preston Sturges. And Jean Arthur is at her very best - another great who doesn't get enough respect nowadays. Its difficult not to fall in love with her in this film - even if you were blind, her voice alone would knock you off your feet! Its ridiculous that this was her only oscar nomination-but then she, along with Carole Lombard and Irene Dunne were Hollywood's screwball comedy queens, and Hollywood was too busy rewarding the likes of Greer Garson and Luise Rainer.


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