59 user 25 critic

The More the Merrier (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 22 July 1943 (Mexico)
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.



(screen play), (screen play) | 4 more credits »

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Easy Living (1937)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending family. He takes his wife's just-bought (very expensive) sable coat and throws it off the roof, it lands on poor hard-working... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

On a quick trip to the city, young university professor Peter Morgan falls in love with nightclub performer Francey Brent and marries her after a whirlwind romance. But when he goes back ... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter
Certificate: Passed Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi cafe singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, John Lund
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Beulah Bondi
Alice Adams (1935)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone


Complete credited cast:
Richard Gaines ...
Frank Sully ...
FBI Agent Pike
FBI Agent Harding (as Don Douglas)
Clyde Fillmore ...
Senator Noonan
Stanley Clements ...
Morton Rodakiewicz


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


What would you do if you had to share your home with two strange men? See more »


Comedy | Romance


Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

22 July 1943 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Merry-Go-Round  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This was George Stevens' last picture for Columbia before he joined the Army as chief of the combat photographic unit. See more »


As Connie is speaking to Joe Carter for the first time in the hallway of the apartment, she asks "You don't happen to know a gentleman by the name of Benjamin Dingle, do you"? On the next cut, she is silently mouthing the very same words as Mr. Dingle arrives at the door after passing in front of her. See more »


[first lines]
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. ...
See more »


Referenced in I Know Who Killed Me (2007) See more »


What Is This Thing Called Love?
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played on a record and often in the score
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Screwball Masterpiece.
28 March 1999 | by (Lafayette, LA) – See all my reviews

One of the greatest romantic comedies ever. The main characters are funny and likable (Joel McCrea is one of the forgotten great romantic comedy leading men of the '30's and '40's), the dialogue is wonderful, and the sense of the period is exact. Two great scenes: 1) McCrea and Arthur on the steps of her apt., he groping her, she fending him off without turning him off--hilarious and sexy; 2) At a factory, a long, long line of women workers is clocking out of work, a male worker (apparently there weren't many) walks toward them, becoming more apprehensive and walking faster as he runs the gauntlet of the women's hoots and hollers (talk about turning the tables)--no revisionism needed here, a primary source for the depiction of the burgeoning of feminism during WWII.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why Did They Carry On The Charade? emjee-1
I just don't get it. tag65
More the Merrier v. Walk, Don't Run? carpedozer
Fave scene? delrod4
compare with Preston Sturges films? Rheli
Flirting on the Steps solarblast
Discuss The More the Merrier (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: