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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.


William Keighley


Moss Hart (play), George S. Kaufman (play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Bill Fuller
Ann Sheridan ... Connie Fuller
Charles Coburn ... Uncle Stanley J. Menninger
Percy Kilbride ... Mr. 'Kimbie' Kimber, the Handyman
Hattie McDaniel ... Hester, the Fullers' Maid
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


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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Release Date:

28 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La maison de mes rêves See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$661,500, 13 January 1943
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Connie and Bill are driving out in the country, she mentions they were on the "Old York Road". That was the main road between New York City and Philadelphia during the pre-Revolutionary War era. The trip by coach and ferry took two days before the advent of railroads. See more »


When Bill is coming in with an armload of stuff from the car to the house, the position of the suitcase on top changes between shots several times before he drops the whole pile. See more »


Bill Fuller: Let me get this straight. You have purchased this outhouse?
Connie Fuller: It's ours... It was a terrific bargain, Bill.
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References The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) See more »


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Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Sung a cappella by Douglas Croft
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Benny and Pa Kettle - what a combo
16 June 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ann Sheridan buys a dilapidated house believing that "George Washington Slept Here" in this 1942 film also starring Jack Benny, Percy Kilbride, Charles Coburn and Hattie McDaniel. Sheridan and Benny are husband and wife Bill and Connie Fuller, about to be evicted from their apartment because of their dog shredding the hall rug. Wanting to plant roots, Connie has fallen in love with an old house and purchased it, possibly without thinking it through. There's no water, the roof leaks, and Bill falls through the floor and continually falls down the stairs. Their budget triples as their hired handyman (Kilbride) needs to buy more gravel, more this, more that, all the time drilling for water (and finding the neighbor's) - until the couple is nearly out of money. After putting everything they have into the house, they can't pay the $5000 note on it. Hope is in the form of Connie's annoying Uncle Stanley (Coburn), who's come for a visit.

Based on the play by Moss Hart, "George Washington Slept Here" makes a good transition to the screen, thanks to the fabulous delivery of Jack Benny, who is a riot, the charm of the lovely Ann Sheridan, and the deadpan affect of "Pa Kettle," Percy Kilbride. He gives Benny a run for his money in the comedy department. You won't want to miss his rendition of "I'll Never Smile Again" and the one different facial expression he uses in the entire film.

All of the cast is good, including Hattie McDaniel, who watches the dinner table with the dinner on it float away and Charles Coburn as an uncle who only gives gifts of his photo.

Typical chaotic, warm, funny Moss Hart play that he wrote so well. Definitely worth seeing.

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