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The More the Merrier (26-Mar-1943)

Director: George Stevens

Writers: Richard Flournoy; Lewis R. Foster; Frank Ross; Robert Russell

Music by: Leigh Harline

Producer: George Stevens

Keywords: Romantic Comedy, Washington DC

The housing crisis at the height of WWII brings Connie Milligan to sublet half of her single apartment; her new tenant sublets half of his sublet to a younger soldier. Largely forgotten romantic comedy. Charles Coburn won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor; received additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Story and Best Screenplay.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jean Arthur
17-Oct-1900 19-Jun-1991 Only Angels Have Wings
Bruce Bennett
19-May-1906 24-Feb-2007 Played Tarzan in 1930s movie serials
Charles Coburn
17-Jun-1877 30-Aug-1961 The More the Merrier
Richard Gaines
23-Jul-1904 20-Jul-1975 Double Indemnity
Joel McCrea
5-Nov-1905 20-Oct-1990 Ride the High Country
Frank Sully
17-Jun-1908 17-Dec-1975 Character actor


Jean Arthur   ...   Connie Milligan
Joel McCrea   ...   Joe Carter
Charles Coburn   ...   Benjamin Dingle
Richard Gaines   ...   Charles J. Pendergast
Bruce Bennett   ...   Evans
Frank Sully   ...   Pike
Don Douglas   ...   Harding
Clyde Fillmore   ...   Sen. Noonan
Stanley Clements   ...   Morton Rodakiewicz


Review by WOBBA (posted on 18-Jun-2005)

I am a big fan of old black and white movies made in the 1930's and 1940's. I recently saw this film for the first time and it is hilarious. Charles Coburn was great, he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this film and its very easy to see why. He was a riot. This movie is sort of advanced for its day, giving rise to the new found sexual freedom of Americans during and after World War II. It clearly portrayed the women as man hungry during the shortage of available men during the war. I have always found Charles Coburn entertaining, but he outdid himself in this one. Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea were the two stars of the film who ended up sharing a small apartment during the housing shortage in the Washington, D. C. area immediately after World War II. Coburn pulls a few strings and throws them together and in true movie fashion, they fall madly in love. I have seen a lot of films from Hollywood's Golden Era, but I had missed this one and was glad to see a film that was new to me. I am an old movie buff and I enjoyed it throughly.

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