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George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 November 1942 (USA)
When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screen play), Moss Hart (stage play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Bill Fuller
Ann Sheridan ... Connie Fuller
Charles Coburn ... Stanley J. Menninger
Percy Kilbride ... Mr. Kimber
Hattie McDaniel ... Hester
William Tracy ... Steve Eldridge
Joyce Reynolds ... Madge
Lee Patrick ... Rena Leslie
Charles Dingle ... Mr. Prescott
John Emery ... Clayton Evans
Douglas Croft ... Raymond
Harvey Stephens ... Jeff Douglas
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Gibney
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Storyline

New Yorkers Bill and Connie Fuller have to move from their apartment. Without Bill's knowledge, Connie purchases a delapidated old farmhouse in Pennsylvania, where George Washington was supposed to have actually slept during the American Revolution. Much of the humor comes from the couple's many problems they encounter while trying to fix up the place. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Absolutely the funniest thing on film! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The play's authors, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart both bought old farm houses in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and much of the play is based on their experiences renovating their houses. See more »

Goofs

When Jack Benny's character is putting up the roof on his convertible, during the first rain storm at the new/old house, he forgets to put up his windows. As a minute ago he was speaking with Mr. Kilbride. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Kimber: Oh, Mrs. Fuller, this is 1942, you know?
Connie Fuller: Well, what about it, Mr. Kimber?
Mr. Kimber: This is the year for the 17- year locusts to arrive.
Bill Fuller: 17-year locusts? If you ask me, they're coming to see Mr. Kimber. He looks like one.
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Connections

References The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(uncredited)
Music traditional - English origin (ca. 1755)
Variations in the score throughout
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Amusing comedy has some real laughs...especially from Percy Kilbride...
22 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

I've always enjoyed stories about a couple moving to the country to either fix up an old house or deal with a house that turns out to be haunted, etc. Along these lines I think of films like 'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House' and/or the suspenseful 'The Uninvited'. But, of course, with Jack Benny as the star you know you're in for comedy when he and his attractive wife (Ann Sheridan) decide to shed city dweller status and move to a more rural setting. Sheridan has her heart set on a ramshackle old house in Connecticut that seems to be falling apart--but with the help of movie magic she fixes it up and--presto--looks like something out of a House Beautiful catalog. The comedy is outdated and some of it falls short of the mark, but not when neighbor Percy Kilbride is around. Reportedly, Jack and Ann found it hard to keep a straight face when Kilbride cracked some of his dryly humorous observations (in Pa Kettle style). Benny ruined many a take when he was unable to stifle a laugh. Some of the slapstick he and others are subjected to is painful, but all in all this is diverting enough entertainment. Ann Sheridan is a sheer pleasure to watch and Charles Coburn shows up as a story-telling uncle who turns out to be a real phony. Hattie McDaniel and Franklin Pangborn add to the fun, making it worth a peek. One of Benny's better films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$661,500
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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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