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The Man Who Came to Dinner (1-Jan-1942)

Director: William Keighley

Writers: Julius J. Epstein; Philip G. Epstein

From a play: The Man Who Came to Dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Music by: Frederick Hollander

Producer: Sam H. Harris

Keywords: Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
George Barbier
19-Nov-1864 19-Jul-1945 Life Begins at Forty
Billie Burke
7-Aug-1885 14-May-1970 Glinda, the Good Witch of the North
Bette Davis
5-Apr-1908 6-Oct-1989 All About Eve
Charles Drake
2-Oct-1917 10-Sep-1994 You Never Can Tell
Jimmy Durante
10-Feb-1893 20-Jan-1980 Everybody wants ta get inta da act
Reginald Gardiner
27-Feb-1903 7-Jul-1980 English-American character actor
Grant Mitchell
17-Jun-1874 1-May-1957 Father Is a Prince
Ann Sheridan
21-Feb-1915 21-Jan-1967 Torrid Zone
Richard Travis
17-Apr-1913 11-Jul-1989 The Man Who Came to Dinner
Mary Wickes
13-Jun-1910 22-Oct-1995 Sister Act
Monty Woolley
17-Aug-1888 6-May-1963 The Man Who Came to Dinner


Bette Davis   ...   Maggie Cutler
Ann Sheridan   ...   Lorraine Sheldon
Monty Woolley   ...   Sheridan Whiteside
Richard Travis   ...   Bert Jefferson
Jimmy Durante   ...   Banjo
Billie Burke   ...   Mrs. Ernest Stanley
Reginald Gardiner   ...   Beverly Carlton
Elisabeth Fraser   ...   June Stanley
Grant Mitchell   ...   Mr. Ernest Stanley
George Barbier   ...   Dr. Bradley
Russell Arms   ...   Richard Stanley
Mary Wickes   ...   Miss Preen
Ruth Vivian   ...   Harriet
Edwin Stanley   ...   John
Betty Roadman   ...   Sarah
Charles Drake   ...   Sandy
Nanette Vallon   ...   Cosette
John Ridgely   ...   Radio Man


Review by Jennifer (posted on 8-Apr-2005)

Without a doubt one of the three funniest movies I have ever seen. Monty Woolley is hysterically funny and so perfect for the role it is uncanny. Darling Mary Wickes is just luminous as the longsuffering Miss Preen. Bette Davis is understated but excellent as the sophisticated secretary who suddenly falls in love with a small-town newspaper man. Ann Sheridan is beautiful and so clever as Sherry's "Blossom Girl." It's an embarrassment of riches with lovable Jimmy Durante and sweet, flappable Billie Burke on top of all that! This movie is an absolute romp with so much packed into two hours that it has to be seen to be believed. ENJOY!

Review by Karen Murphy (posted on 11-Sep-2007)

A fabulous film - great plot and always entertaining. Performances are superb and it's fast paced with wonderful characters and really funny moments. Monty Woolley is hilarious as is Jimmy Durante. Bette Davis character is fairly low key but she plays it very well. A really enjoyable movie and one that you will never tire of watching.

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