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The More the Merrier ()


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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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Connie Milligan
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Joe Carter
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Benjamin Dingle
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Charles J. Pendergast
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FBI Agent Evans
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FBI Agent Pike
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FBI Agent Harding (as Don Douglas)
Clyde Fillmore ...
Senator Noonan
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Morton Rodakiewicz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alison ...
Man in Alley (uncredited)
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Committee Member (uncredited)
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Drunk (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ...
Shaving Gag (uncredited)
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Miss Finch (uncredited)
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Singing Man on Apartment Stairway (uncredited)
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Committee Member (uncredited)
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Barmaid (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Sally Cairns ...
Bathing Girl (uncredited)
Jack Carr ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Night Club Guest (uncredited)
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Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Lew Davis ...
Man Entering Elevator (uncredited)
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Miss Bilby (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ...
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Sugar Geise ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Hal Gerard ...
Second Statistician (uncredited)
Nancy Gray ...
Miss Chasen (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ...
Apartment Seeker (uncredited)
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Committee Member (uncredited)
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Headwaiter (uncredited)
Ernest Hilliard ...
Senator (uncredited)
Helen Holmes ...
Dumpy Woman (uncredited)
June Horne ...
Girl (uncredited)
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Night Club Guest (uncredited)
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Shaving Gag (uncredited)
Fred Johnson ...
Juggler (uncredited)
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Night Club Guest (uncredited)
Edna Mae Jones ...
Chorus girl (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Man Leaving Elevator (uncredited)
Pat Lane ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Senator in Taxi (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Miss Allen (uncredited)
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Singing Man on Apartment Stairway (uncredited)
Betty McMahon ...
Miss Geeskin (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
Lon Poff ...
Sleeper (uncredited)
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Bathing Man (uncredited)
Bertha Priestley ...
Fat Girl (uncredited)
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Shaving Gag (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ...
Washington Sun Reporter (uncredited)
Marshall Ruth ...
Fat Statistician (uncredited)
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Miss Dalton (uncredited)
Byron Shores ...
Air Corps Maj. Denton (uncredited)
Jean Stevens ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Diner Counterman (uncredited)
Diedra Vale ...
Fat Girl (uncredited)
David Ward ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Mary Taylor Williams ...
Girl (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ...
Senator in Taxi (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood ...
Snippish Woman (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Stevens

Written by

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Robert Russell ... (screen play) &
Frank Ross ... (screen play) and
Richard Flournoy ... (screen play) &
Lewis R. Foster ... (screen play)
 
Robert Russell ... (story) &
Frank Ross ... (story)
 
Garson Kanin ... (contributor to story) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Fred Guiol ... associate producer
George Stevens ... producer

Music by

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Leigh Harline

Cinematography by

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Ted Tetzlaff ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Otto Meyer ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Lionel Banks
Rudolph Sternad

Set Decoration by

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Fay Babcock ... interior decorator

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Norman Deming ... assistant director
Budd Boetticher ... assistant director (uncredited)
Bud Brill ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Rudolph Sternad ... associate art director

Sound Department

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Lodge Cunningham ... sound engineer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Morris Stoloff ... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines "Only 'THE MORE THE MERRIER' has a DINGLE! (original Card B poster) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Merry-Go-Round (United States)
  • Plus on est de fous (France)
  • Jeder hilft sich wie er kann (Germany)
  • Immer mehr, immer fröhlicher (Germany)
  • El amor llamó dos veces (Spain)
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  • 104 min
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Trivia In the scene at the hotel restaurant/lounge, the band playing in the background is all-female (of course). And some of the couples dancing are girl/girl. Not enough men to go around - "Eight gals for every fella" as Ben Dingle said. So of course, when Connie Milligan is called away to the phone, Joe is surrounded by exactly - eight young women. See more »
Goofs After Joe gives Connie the travel bag and prepares to leave, she asks if he is going back to California. He replies, "No, Africa". The audio has been dubbed, as he as he is clearly not saying "Africa". He apparently is saying "Japan". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984). See more »
Soundtracks The Torpedo Song See more »
Quotes Connie Milligan: You've been shushing me for 22 months now. You've shushed your last shush!
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