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Standing Room Only (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 7 January 1944 (USA)
During World War II, Lee Stevens travels to Washington D.C. with his secretary Jane Rogers in order to secure a government contract. Not thinking it through, Jane cancels their hotel ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Darrell Ware (screenplay), Karl Tunberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paulette Goddard ... Jane Rogers
Fred MacMurray ... Lee Stevens
Edward Arnold ... T. J. Todd
Hillary Brooke ... Alice Todd
Roland Young ... Ira Cromwell
Anne Revere ... Major Harriet Cromwell
Clarence Kolb ... Glen Ritchie
Isabel Randolph ... Jane Ritchie
Porter Hall ... Hugo Farenhall
Marie McDonald ... Opal
Josephine Whittell ... Miss Becker
Veda Ann Borg ... Peggy Fuller
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Storyline

During World War II, Lee Stevens travels to Washington D.C. with his secretary Jane Rogers in order to secure a government contract. Not thinking it through, Jane cancels their hotel reservations when she feels the accomodations are inadequate. With no rooms available in the entire city Lee and Jane pose as a married couple and take positions as maid and butler in the Cromwell's home until the contract can be secured. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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What a Girl Will Do to Get a Bed in Washington! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'amour cherche un toit See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Hugo Farenhall: [Hugo Farenhall has come to the Ritchie house as a dinner guest, and finds his competitor serving as butler] Todd!
T. J. Todd: Yes, sir.
Hugo Farenhall: What are you up to?
T. J. Todd: It's all very simple, Mr. Farenhall. I've figured it all out. That, with the high cost of living and the taxes, I can make more money as a butler than I could running a factory.
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Credits shown on a rolling screen with outline caricatures of people among the letters. As the background color changes from dark to light, the caricatures match (dark with white outlines, black with the light background). See more »

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Funny
2 February 2010 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Jane (Paulette Goddard) accompanies Mr Stevens (Fred MacMurray) on a business trip to win a contract, posing as his secretary. However, she doesn't know the first thing about being a secretary. There is a severe accommodation shortage and she finds them a place to stay working as a butler and a cook while Mr Stevens tries to win his contract. There are several misunderstandings before the conclusion at a dinner party.

The cast are funny - watch Goddard take dictation or MacMurray ask for the day off while posing as a butler - and the film carries the viewer through various farcical and comedic scenarios. Roland Young can be annoying as Ira Cromwell while Anne Revere makes an amusing and very dominating Major Cromwell. It's an amusing film - light and fun.


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