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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

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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

At one point in the film, Maggie Cutler goes to the window and comments on the snow falling outside. The falling snow is clearly visible outside the window. Then the camera goes to a medium shot, with all the windows visible, but from this angle, no snow is seen to be falling whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Sheridan Whiteside: How long can you stay?
Banjo: Just long enough to take a bath.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: I Won't Be Home for Christmas (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung by a boys' choir
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Great Fun
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BEWARE OF BOGUS REVIEWS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEWED ONE FILM. WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE FILM. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 200 HOLIDAY THEME MOVIES. I HAVE NO AGENDA. I AM FARE ABOUT THESE FILMS.

During a cross-country lecture tour, notoriously acerbic radio personality Sheridan Whiteside (Monty Woolley) slips on the icy steps of the house of the Stanleys (Grant Mitchell and Billie Burke), a prominent Ohio family, and insists on recuperating in their home during the Christmas holidays. The overbearing, self-centered celebrity soon comes to dominate the lives of the residents and everyone else who enters the household. He encourages young adults Richard (Russell Arms) and June (Elisabeth Fraser) Stanley to pursue their dreams, much to the dismay of their conventional father Ernest.

This is a classic film. Its very funny and should be made mandatory viewing! Films today are no longer made this way and that is sad. In 50 years people will still be watching this. Will they still be watching "Office Christmas Party"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 January 1942 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,050,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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