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7 October 2000 (USA) See more »
Broadcast of a live performance of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2000 New York revival of the classic Kaufman-Hart comedy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nathan Lane ... Sheridan Whiteside

Jean Smart ... Lorraine Sheldon

Harriet Sansom Harris ... Maggie Cutler (as Harriet Harris)
Lewis J. Stadlen ... Banjo
Hank Stratton ... Bert Jefferson

Byron Jennings ... Beverly Carlton
Linda Stephens ... Mrs. Stanley
Terry Beaver ... Mr. Stanley
William Duell ... Dr. Bradley
Mary Catherine Wright ... Miss Preen

Stephen DeRosa ... Professor Metz
Ruby Holbrook ... Harriet Stanley
Julie Boyd ... Sarah
Jeff Hayenga ... John (as Jeffrey Hayenga)

Mary Catherine Garrison ... June Stanley
Zach Shaffer ... Richard Stanley
Kit Flanagan ... Mrs. Dexter

Ryan Shively ... Sandy

Julie Halston ... Mrs. McCutcheon
Hans Hoffman ... Prison Guard / Radio Technician / Deputy
André Rishi ... Prisoner / Radio Technician / Expressman (Act III) (as André Steve Thompson)
André Thompson ... Prisoner / Radio Technician / Expressman (Act III) (as André Steve Thompson)

Michael Bakkensen ... Prisoner / Expressman (Act II) / Deputy

Ian Blackman ... Prisoner / Expressman (Act II) / Mr. Westcott / Police Officer / Expressman (Act III)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cora Cahan ... Herself - Interviewee

Kitty Carlisle ... Herself - Interviewee (as Kitty Carlisle Hart)
Todd Haimes ... Himself - Interviewee

Liam Neeson ... Himself - Host

Natasha Richardson ... Herself - Host

Anne Kaufman Schneider ... Herself - Interviewee
Alexander Woollcott ... Himself (archive footage)
Jerry Zaks ... Himself - Interviewee

Jozef Fahey ... Choir Boy (uncredited)
Brandon Perry ... Choir Boy (uncredited)
Matthew Salvatore ... Choir Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Jay Sandrich 
Judy Kinberg (segments: introduction and intermissions)
Jerry Zaks (directed for the stage by)
Writing credits
Moss Hart (play) &
George S. Kaufman (play)

Adam Green (segments: introduction and intermission)

Produced by
Judy Kinberg .... producer
Jodee Nimerichter .... associate producer
Steven Tabakin .... associate producer: Stage on Screen
Jac Venza .... executive producer
Film Editing by
Girish Bhargava (segment editor: introduction and intermissions)
Casting by
Jim Carnahan 
Production Design by
Tony Walton 
Costume Design by
William Ivey Long 
Makeup Department
Cynthia Faye .... makeup: television
Paul Huntley .... hair and wig designer
Production Management
Mitch Owgang .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Diego .... associate director
Leslie Williams .... second associate director
Art Department
Amy Caspare .... chyron
David Chomowicz .... graphic design
Matthew Feuer .... graphic design
Renaldo Kiel .... graphic design
Don Stecher .... graphic design
Tom Wheeler .... graphic design
B.T. Whitehill .... graphic design
Sound Department
Daryl Bornstein .... audio
John Bowen .... audio file
Peter Fitzgerald .... sound designer
Ken Hahn .... audio post-production
Rich Jacob .... audio producer
Skip Kent .... audio
Steve Lamphere .... audio
Peter Miller .... audio
Roger Phenix .... audio (as Roger Phoenix)
Tony Pipitone .... audio file
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Adelman .... lighting director
Greg Andracke .... camera
Greg Barna .... camera
Bob Benedetti .... video (as Bob Bendetti)
Alan Buchner .... videotape operator
Tom Carroll .... camera utilities
Anthony De Fonzo .... camera utilities (as Anthony Defonzo)
Bob DelRusso .... camera
Ed Fussel .... camera (as Ed Fussell)
Paul Gallo .... lighting designer
Ned Hallick .... gaffer
Tom Hurwitz .... camera
Steven Joyce .... videotape operator
Robert Long Jr. .... camera (as Bob Long Jr.)
Gill McDowell .... gaffer (as Gil McDowell)
Peter Nelson .... camera
Donna Quante .... camera
Matty Randazzo .... video
John M. Roche .... gaffer (as John Roche)
Mark Schubin .... engineer-in-charge
Ron Smith .... camera
Buddy Squires .... camera
Billy Steinberg .... video
A.J. Vij .... videotape operator (as AJ Vij)
Carol Wetovich .... camera
Judy Willinger .... camera
Steve Yaconetti .... camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Crawford .... wardrobe
Music Department
John Adams .... music services
Josie Fishel .... music services
Lawrence E. Yurman .... musician: piano (as Lawrence Yurman)
Other crew
Arlen Appelbaum .... business and legal affairs
Nadine Aronson .... production coordinator
Fred Cotton .... transmission
Sydney Davolos .... general manager: Roundabout Theater Company
Jeffrey Gitter .... television stage manager (as Jeff Gitter)
Jan Gura .... director of special projects: Stage on Screen
Jean Haring .... company manager: Roundabout Theater Company
Nichole Larson .... director of sales operations: Roundabout Theater Company
Julia C. Levy .... executive director of external affairs: Roundabout Theater Company
Emmett Loughran .... technical director
Jason P. McLaughlin .... assistant managing director: Roundabout Theater Company
Doug McNeill .... stage hand: Roundabout Theater Company
Grayson Meritt .... stage manager: Roundabout Theater Company
Glenn Merwede .... technical director: Roundabout Theater Company
Bill O'Donnell .... director of program development: Stage on Screen
Laura O'Neill .... general counsel: Roundabout Theater Company
Ellen Richard .... managing director: Roundabout Theater Company
William K. Rowland .... stage hand: Roundabout Theater Company
James Stapleton .... stage hand: Roundabout Theater Company
Andrea J. Testani .... production stage manager
James Uphoff .... stage hand: Roundabout Theater Company
Guy Veryzer .... researcher
Dann Wojnar .... stage hand: Roundabout Theater Company
Jerry Zaks .... director: stage production
Jane Klain .... special thanks: Museum of Television & Radio

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Additional Details

176 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This production restored some lines that had been censored or omitted from the 1941 film, among them Sheridan Whiteside's opening line "I may vomit". It also restored the line "you have the touch of a sex-starved cobra", which had been changed in the old film to "you have the touch of a love-starved cobra".See more »
Lorraine Sheldon:Don't argue with me, you French bitch!See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Great Performance By Nathan Lane, 10 March 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

The 1942 film THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER was possibly the best comedy film that Bette Davis ever appeared in, but while she got starring position in the film's credits, the real star (who went to town as a result) was the great Monty Woolley, recreating his magnificent acid tongued curmudgeon Sheridan Whiteside. It was one of the rare occasions when a stage performance of importance was saved on film.

Fifty eight years later (forgetting one disastrous television version with Orson Welles as Whiteside in 1972) PBS showed this production of the stage revival of the play with Nathan Lane in the Whiteside role. Lane played the role perfectly, basing it (physically) closer to the original figure Whiteside is based on - writer, critic, actor, radio personality, and Algonquin Round Table Wit Alexander Woolcott. His facial appearance included wearing the round eye frame glasses that Woolcott wore all the time. Lane did not have the crusty, elderly asperity of the great Woolley, but he did have a malevolent elfin charm reminiscent of Woolcott (a man who was all too easy to dislike - Woolcott was also the model for Waldo Lydecker in LAURA, which just goes to show his popularity).

One of the problems with comedy (or drama generally speaking) is the fact that the works can be dated in their references. When, in one of his plays, Shakespeare refers to "the Great Sophy" it is to some long ago forgotten English traveler and diplomat named Shirley who went to Persia. Most of us see the foot note of this 16th Century reference and try to concentrate on the rest of the play that still is strong and relevant to us. But with THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER the great problem is the barrage of trivia that comes out of the play. Woolcott's two Algonquin friends (Kaufman and Moss Hart) added small bits of biography to his stage version, which everyone who knew Woolcott would recognize. The theater critic knew everyone of importance in the theater. So he has a scene with a clone of Noel Coward named Beverley Carlton (to add to perfecting the imitation of Coward, Kaufman and Hart asked Cole Porter, a close friend of Monty Woolley, to write a song for "Carlton" to sing to Whiteside, that was in Coward's distinct delicate style). The close friend of Whiteside who shows up as a comic "deus ex ma china" in the play is "Banjo." This was based on Woolcott's close Algonquin friend Harpo Marx.

But most of the references are quite arcane. Who is Elizabeth Sedley? Well, it is a reference to a celebrated murder case defendant, whose career would have intrigued Woolcott, the great amateur criminologist. What are the references to Beebe and Byrd? This version got around the problems using mock 1930s newspaper headlines chronicling William Beebe the oceanographer and Admiral Richard Byrd, the Polar explorer. This sounds cumbersome, but it was far more effective and useful to the viewers than the idiocy of the 1972 Welles' version where the script was "up-dated" meaninglessly.

The program was an excellent version of the classic comedy, and well worth comparing with the Woolley film. I feel that it deserves a "10".

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