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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Joel McCrea did not want the role of Joe Carter, having already shot three films in 1942, but he was persuaded by Jean Arthur. The two were old friends, having first starred together twelve years before in The Silver Horde (1930). McCrea later recalled that the famously shy Arthur "want[ed] either me or Gary Cooper for any picture she would do." See more »

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Connie is in Mr. Dingles room having a discussion. They are both in pajamas. The top button of Connie's PJ top is unbuttoned. As she turns to her left to go to the next room the top button is buttoned and there are no gaps between buttons as before. Clearly not enough "real time" to have fixed it. 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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Featured in George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984) See more »

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What Is This Thing Called Love?
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played on a record and often in the score
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One of the best movies ever!
2 April 2002 | by kimbo32See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merry-Go-Round See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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