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The More the Merrier (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 13 May 1943 (USA)
During the World War II 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 <albl@inforamp.net>

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"Only 'THE MORE THE MERRIER' has a DINGLE! (original Card B poster) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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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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Trivia

According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Cleo Manning was to make her screen debut in the film, but she does not appear in the picture. See more »

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Connie is in Mr. Dingles room having a discussion. They are both in pajamas. The top button of Connie's PJ top is unbuttoned. As she turns to her left to go to the next room the top button is buttoned and there are no gaps between buttons as before. Clearly not enough "real time" to have fixed it. 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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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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


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