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The More the Merrier (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, War | 13 May 1943 (USA)
During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Connie Milligan
... Joe Carter
... Benjamin Dingle
... Charles J. Pendergast
... FBI Agent Evans
... FBI Agent Pike
... FBI Agent Harding (as Don Douglas)
Clyde Fillmore ... Senator Noonan
... Morton Rodakiewicz
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Storyline

It's World War II and there is a severe housing shortage everywhere - especially in Washington, D.C. where Connie Milligan rents an apartment. Believing it to be her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half of her apartment, fully expecting a suitable female tenent. What she gets instead is mischievous, middle-aged Benjamin Dingle. Dingle talks her into subletting to him and then promptly sublets half of his half to young, irreverent Joe Carter - creating a situation tailor-made for comedy and romance. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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"Why are nice men such dopes?" (original 40x60 poster) See more »

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Comedy | Romance | War

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Also Known As:

Merry-Go-Round  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Arthur was getting into trouble with Columbia Pictures because she kept turning down roles. Rather embarrassed about this, she contacted her friend Garson Kanin and asked him to pen her something that she could take to the studio. Kanin was out of work at the time and readily accepted her proposal which Arthur ended up paying for out of her own pocket. See more »

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When Benjamin gets locked out of the apartment, Benjamin is seen walking out of the door, then disappears down the hallway. Then the scene cuts to outside, and Benjamin is in front of the door as it slams shut. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Our vagabond camera takes us to beautiful Washington, D.C., the national capital of our United States, situated on the broad banks of the Potomac River. Living is pleasant and leisurely... for it is a city of formality and custom. Manners and courtesy are responsible for the well-ordered conduct of its daily affairs. The many fine restaurants of Washington are the delight of the epicurean and the gourmet, where one may enjoy to the full the rare dishes of the old south. ...
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Referenced in I Know Who Killed Me (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Torpedo Song
(1943)
(Published as "Damn the Torpedos-Full Speed Ahead")
Music by Jay Gorney
Lyrics by Henry Myers & Edward Eliscu
Recited often by Charles Coburn (uncredited)
Sung by Coburn and other members of the Committee at the end
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One of the best movies ever!
2 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I have always wanted to see The More the Merrier because I heard good things about it. I finally saw it, and I would recommend it to anyone. Not only is it a funny, funny film, it is also so sweet and tender. The scene on the porch between Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea is very romantic and funny at the same time. Charles Coburn, as the older room renter, is very, very good and gives a hilarious performance that won him an Academy Award. Jean Arthur, in a nominated performance, was as funny as usual, she also has many cool hairstyles. Joel McCrea is also excellent in his role. This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. I suggest that anyone who has wanted to see it, go do so.


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