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George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 November 1942 (USA)
When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Moss Hart (play), George S. Kaufman (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Bill Fuller
Ann Sheridan ... Connie Fuller
Charles Coburn ... Uncle Stanley J. Menninger
Percy Kilbride ... Mr. 'Kimbie' Kimber, the Handyman
Hattie McDaniel ... Hester, the Fullers' Maid
William Tracy ... Steve Eldridge
Joyce Reynolds ... Madge
Lee Patrick ... Rena Leslie
Charles Dingle ... Mr. Prescott
John Emery ... Clayton Evans
Douglas Croft ... Raymond
Harvey Stephens ... Jeff Douglas
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Gibney
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Storyline

New Yorkers Bill and Connie Fuller have to move from their apartment. Without Bill's knowledge, Connie purchases a delapidated old farmhouse in Pennsylvania, where George Washington was supposed to have actually slept during the American Revolution. Much of the humor comes from the couple's many problems they encounter while trying to fix up the place. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Absolutely the funniest thing on film! See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La maison de mes rêves See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$661,500
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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

Percy Kilbride was the only member of the Broadway cast to repeat his role in the film version. See more »

Goofs

When Jack Benny's character is putting up the roof on his convertible, during the first rain storm at the new/old house, he forgets to put up his windows. As a minute ago he was speaking with Mr. Kilbride. See more »

Quotes

Bill Fuller: When George Washington slept here, where did he hang his clothes? There isn't a closet in there. And apparently, he never had to go to the bathroom.
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Remade as The Money Pit (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Never Smile Again
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ruth Lowe
Sung a cappella by Percy Kilbride
Reprised a cappella by Jack Benny and Charles Coburn
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not top-notch, but amusing
31 March 2003 | by rupieSee all my reviews

The classic of the "ramshackle house in the country" genre is without doubt "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House", and although this predecessor by 6 years does not attain its succesor's high comic level, it is still amusing and worth a see. I must admit I feel ancient when a viewer here writes "Remember Jack Benny?" For those of us who grew up in the fifties he was a titan of early television. Although he and Ann Sheridan cannot match the chemistry of Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in the later flick, they still work well together, and the whole project is abetted by a marvelous script from the unmatched talents of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, whose best lines go to Benny's Bill Fuller. Also notable are a contribution from Charles Coburn and a cameo from the inimitable Franklin Pangborn. Worthwhile comic viewing.


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