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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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23 October 1943 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Merry-Go-Round  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists for this movie were not seen in the viewed print. These were (with their character names): Harry Bradley (Minister), Eddy Chandler (Police Captain), Kitty McHugh (Taxi Driver), Robert McKenzie (Southerner), Victor Potel (Cattleman), George Reed (Caretaker) and Mary Treen (Waitress). See more »

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Connie explains to Benjamin in great detail the morning schedule for the apartment, which she has written down for him and from which she is reading to him. When it comes time to go through the routine for the first time, Connie chastises him for not bringing in the newspaper. This task is on his written instructions, but she did not mention it in her detailed verbal instruction when she was reading off the copy. 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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The Torpedo Song
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(Published as "Damn the Torpedos-Full Speed Ahead")
Music by Jay Gorney
Lyrics by Henry Myers & Edward Eliscu
Recited often by Charles Coburn (uncredited)
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One of the best movies ever!
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I have always wanted to see The More the Merrier because I heard good things about it. I finally saw it, and I would recommend it to anyone. Not only is it a funny, funny film, it is also so sweet and tender. The scene on the porch between Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea is very romantic and funny at the same time. Charles Coburn, as the older room renter, is very, very good and gives a hilarious performance that won him an Academy Award. Jean Arthur, in a nominated performance, was as funny as usual, she also has many cool hairstyles. Joel McCrea is also excellent in his role. This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. I suggest that anyone who has wanted to see it, go do so.


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