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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.

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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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Warner Bros. Happiest Hit. (Lobby cards). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre que vino a cenar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,050,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Maggie is reportedly based on Algonquin Round Table member Dorothy Parker. See more »

Goofs

Among the celebrity gifts Whiteside receives is a mummy case from the "Khedive of Egypt." There was no Khedive of Egypt after 1914, when the Ottoman Empire joined the German alliance in World War I, and opponent Great Britain seized control of Egypt. The play on which the movie is based debuted in 1939, and references events of that 25-year-later period. It is just possible that the reference is to the last man to hold the title, who retired to Switzerland and died in 1944. See more »

Quotes

Sheridan Whiteside: This ageing debutante, Mr. Jefferson, I retain in my employ only because she is the sole support of her two-headed brother!
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Referenced in Frasier: The Ann Who Came to Dinner (2004) See more »

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Did You Ever Have the Feeling That You Wanted to Go?
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Written and Performed by Jimmy Durante
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A grand comedy
12 September 1998 | by mermattSee all my reviews

This is one of the great film comedies of all time. Monty Woolley is priceless as the uppity celebrity who comes to dinner and stays and stays, causing havoc to a socially upper-crust household. The rest of the cast is superb too. Don't miss this film. It is a gem and a joy.


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