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The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

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When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Maggie Cutler
Ann Sheridan ... Lorraine Sheldon
Monty Woolley ... Sheridan Whiteside
Richard Travis ... Bert Jefferson
Jimmy Durante ... Banjo
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Ernest W. Stanley aka Daisy
Reginald Gardiner ... Beverly Carlton
Elisabeth Fraser ... June Stanley
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Ernest W. Stanley
George Barbier ... Dr. Bradley
Mary Wickes ... Miss Preen
Russell Arms ... Richard Stanley
Ruth Vivian Ruth Vivian ... Harriet Stanley
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... John
Betty Roadman Betty Roadman ... Sarah
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Lecturer Sheridan Whiteside slips on the ice on his way into the home of a prominent Ohio family. The local doctor says Whiteside must remain confined having broken his leg. He begins to meddle with the lives of everyone in the household and, once his plots are underway, learns there is nothing wrong with his leg. He bribes the doctor and resumes control of the household. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

Monty Woolley, who had created the role of Sheridan Whiteside on stage, was not familiar to 1942 movie audiences, despite a score of supporting appearances over the course of the past five years. With Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan on hand to provide box office clout, Hal B. Wallis ultimately signed Woolley to reprise his triumphant stage portrayal, despite Jack L. Warner's concern that the actor's flamboyance would be overt on screen. In the end, although he was undoubtedly the star of the film, Woolley received third billing following Davis and Sheridan. See more »

Goofs

After Banjo hands Whiteside 'Lana Turner's sweater' ( in a package ), in the next instant, after the cut, nothing is in Whiteside's hands. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Ernest Stanley: Mrs. Roosevelt, there's something I want you to know. My husband didn't vote for your husband. But I did.
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Connections

Version of Prisel na veceri (1981) See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung by a boys' choir
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Funny 194O's Comedy with Bette Davis
17 February 2003 | by willowgreenSee all my reviews

Never having seen IT'S LOVE I'M AFTER, this is, in my opinion, the best straight comedy Bette Davis was ever in - even though her character - that of secretary Maggie Cutler - is decidedly a secondary role. Originally, John Barrymore was to have played Sheridan Whiteside, but he was too ill, so he was ultimately replaced by the excellent - and infitinely more suitable - Monty Woolley. Ann Sheridan is a bit much as the egocentric actress friend of Sheridan's but Davis, at her the peak of her classy and noble period, compliments Woolley with her come-backs and reactions: she's a marvel. Billie Burke's role of the hostess was originally intended for Laura Hope Crews; both she and Barrymore died the year this film was made, in 1942. The chemistry between Mary Wickes and Woolley is hilarious and Richard Travis provides a love interest for Whiteside's long-suffering secretary, Ms Cutler.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,050,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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