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The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

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When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Maggie Cutler
Ann Sheridan ... Lorraine Sheldon
Monty Woolley ... Sheridan Whiteside
Richard Travis ... Bert Jefferson
Jimmy Durante ... Banjo
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Ernest W. Stanley aka Daisy
Reginald Gardiner ... Beverly Carlton
Elisabeth Fraser ... June Stanley
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Ernest W. Stanley
George Barbier ... Dr. Bradley
Mary Wickes ... Miss Preen
Russell Arms ... Richard Stanley
Ruth Vivian Ruth Vivian ... Harriet Stanley
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... John
Betty Roadman Betty Roadman ... Sarah
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Storyline

Lecturer Sheridan Whiteside slips on the ice on his way into the home of a prominent Ohio family. The local doctor says Whiteside must remain confined having broken his leg. He begins to meddle with the lives of everyone in the household and, once his plots are underway, learns there is nothing wrong with his leg. He bribes the doctor and resumes control of the household. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Warner Bros. Happiest Hit. (Lobby cards). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre que vino a cenar See more »

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Budget:

$1,050,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The recurring joke about not being able to find Eleanor Roosevelt was not in the play. It refers to the fact that the First Lady made serveral trips during her husband's term of office. See more »

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While ice skating, Bette Davis refers to Sonja Henie as Sonja "Hiney". See more »

Quotes

Sheridan Whiteside: I simply will not sit down to dinner with midwestern barbarians, I think too highly of my digestive system.
Maggie Cutler: Harry Clarke is one of your oldest friends.
Sheridan Whiteside: My stomach is an older one.
Maggie Cutler: And Mrs. Stanley is president of the women's club.
Sheridan Whiteside: I wouldn't care if she was the whole cabinet.
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Did You Ever Have the Feeling That You Wanted to Go?
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Written and Performed by Jimmy Durante
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A classic film based on a classic American play.
20 February 1999 | by SteekSee all my reviews

This delightful film is based on one of the three great stage comedies written by Moss Hart and George Kauffman, two of America's most celebrated comedy playwriting teams. A classic farce which spoofs the arrogance of the self important writer, Sheridan Whiteside, and exposes the hidden foibles of high society including a household member who is a secret axe murderer, it's nicely offset by a light comedy romance between two supporting players. Bette Davis gives one of her better performances as the female romantic lead and is, for a change, neither ascerbic nor bitchy. This is a nice piece of ensemble acting, and a perfect example of American comedy of its period.


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