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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.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Robert Russell (screen play), Frank Ross (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Connie Milligan
Joel McCrea ... Joe Carter
Charles Coburn ... Benjamin Dingle
Richard Gaines ... Charles J. Pendergast
Bruce Bennett ... FBI Agent Evans
Frank Sully ... FBI Agent Pike
Donald Douglas ... FBI Agent Harding (as Don Douglas)
Clyde Fillmore Clyde Fillmore ... Senator Noonan
Stanley Clements ... 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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She saw her patriotic duty - and she dood it! (original 11x14 Title Card) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merry-Go-Round See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Features Jean Arthur's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Carter goes to take a shower after Miss Milligan returns home from work, he is shown wearing a bathrobe, socks and slippers. As he enters the bathroom, he removes his bathrobe, and then gets into the shower. But is he still wearing his socks? He must be, because he isn't shown taking them off. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Featured in George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Try to Steal the Sweetheart of a Soldier
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Van and Joe Schenck
Lyrics by Al Bryan
Played and sung by off-screen voices
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The romance is stronger than the comedy
13 April 2000 | by chriskhSee all my reviews

This starts unpromisingly (or was I just in the wrong mood?) with slapstick banana-skin-style gags which, however well done, show their age. Jean Arthur looks unassuming compared with her strong-girl tomboyish appearances in the Capra classics. But come Joel McCrea and the burgeoning love (at first resisted) between him and Arthur, and she shows a vulnerability and a range of expression that round out our knowledge of an already well-loved artist.

Charles Coburn, too, after the comic-strip cackhandedness of the first scenes, grows into an enjoyably human old rascal and Joel McCrea, blasé and hardbitten to begin with, develops into a fine romantic hero. The ending (will they, won't they?)recalls the end of the Cary Grant/Irene Dunne classic "The Awful Truth", and if I say that McCrea and Arthur do not pale by comparison, then I could hardly give higher praise than that.


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