Man Who Came To Dinner

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Man who came to Dinner

by sk on 12/30/2007

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A Vintage Comedy Great!

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Monty Woolley stars as Sheridan Whiteside, a critic with a gift for insults and getting his way, who falls on the porch of the home of a family eager to meet him. He must stay with them while he recuperates, and they discover that having him around isn't the honour they thought it would be as he turns their house and life upside down. Davis stars as his patient assistant who falls in love with a local would-be playwright, and Ann stars as a two-faced actress in search of a good role.

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Product Overview

A pompous lecturer is forced to spend the winter inside a prominent Ohio family's home due to injury and proceeds to meddle with the lives of everyone in the household.


Studio Warner
SKU 202439430
UPC 012569673069
UPC 14 00012569673069
Format DVD
Release Date 5/30/2006
Rating NR
Family Interaction
Editors Note
Note A pompous writer and critic forced to stay with a midwestern family during the winter thoroughly disrupts their well-ordered lives. Original play (1939) by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.
Plot Summary
Summary This hilariously witty satire contains caricatures of many famous celebrities -- Alexander Woollcott, Gertrude Lawrence, Noël Coward, Harpo Marx, and various members of New York's Algonquin Round Table.| While on his way to dinner at a suburban family's home, Sheridan Whiteside, an insufferably arrogant radio personality, accidentally falls and breaks his hip. Then the unwelcome, barbed-tongued guest stays on in their abode while he recovers. And, along with an offbeat cast of characters who come to visit him, he proceeds to drive his hosts round the bend!
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Please stand back, I have several contagious diseases." -- Sheridan Whiteside (MONTY WOOLLEY)
Quote "Don't tell me how you are, Sherry, I want none of the tiresome details. I've very little time, and so the conversation will be entirely about me, and I shall love it. Shall I tell you how I glittered through the South Seas like a silver scimitar, or would you rather hear how I finished a three-act play with one hand and made love to a maharaja's daughter with the other?" -- Beverly Carlton (REGINALD GARDINER) spoofing Noël Coward to Sheridan Whiteside (MONTY WOOLLEY)
Quote "I am now going upstairs to disconnect my radio, so that not even accidentally will I ever hear your voice again!" -- Mr. Stanley (GRANT MITCHELL) to Sheridan Whiteside (MONTY WOOLLEY)
Quote "This aging debutante, Mr. Jefferson, I retain in my employ only because she is the sole support of her two-headed brother." -- Sheridan Whiteside (MONTY WOOLLEY) introducing his secretary to Bert Jefferson (RICHARD TRAVIS)
Quote "Did you ever get the feeling that you wanted to go?|And still get the feeling that you wanted to stay?" -- Banjo (JIMMY DURANTE) singing a song
Quote "The greatest living argument for mercy killing." -- Sheridan Whiteside (MONTY WOOLLEY) describing his doctor
Quote "You have the touch of a love-starved cobra." -- Sheridan Whiteside (MONTY WOOLLEY) to Miss Preen (MARY WICKES)
Quote "My Great Aunt Jennifer ate a box of chocolates every day of her life. She lived to be a hundred and two, and when she had been dead three days she looked healthier than you do now." -- Sheridan Whiteside (MONTY WOOLLEY) to Miss Preen (MARY WICKES) when she won't let him eat chocolates
Quote "I am not only walking out on this case, Mr. Whiteside, I am leaving the nursing profession. I became a nurse because all my life, ever since I was a little girl, I was filled with the idea of serving a suffering humanity. After one month with you, Mr. Whiteside, I am going to work in a munitions factory. From now on anything I can do to exterminate the human race will fill me with the greatest of pleasure. If Florence Nightingale had ever nursed you, Mr. Whiteside, she would have married Jack the Ripper instead of founding the Red Cross!" -- Miss Preen (MARY WICKES) to Sheridan Whiteside (MONTY WOOLLEY)
Quote "I'se jes' a little wabbit in the sunshine, |I'se jes' a little wabbit in the wain." -- ditty sung by Sheridan Whiteside (MONTY WOOLLEY)
William Keighley
Bette Davis
Ann Sheridan
Monty Woolley
Billie Burke
Cast & Crew
Ann Sheridan - Actor
Bette Davis - Actor
Frederick Hollander - Original Music By
George S. Kaufman - Based On Play By
Hal B. Wallis - Executive Producer
Jack Killifer - Editor
Jack Saper - Producer
Jimmy Durante - Actor
Julius J. Epstein - Screenplay
Moss Hart - Based On Play By
Philip G. Epstein - Screenplay
Richard Travis - Actor
Tony Gaudio - Cinematographer
William Keighley - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1941
Catalog ID 67306
UPC 00012569673069
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Review A witty screwball comedy based on the play by Moss Hart & George Kaufman; the acidy screenplay is by twin brothers Julius J. Epstein & Philip G. Epstein. It's based loosely on waspish theater critic Alexander Woollcott (Woolley), while it caricatures other showbiz characters such as Noel Coward (Gardiner), Harpo Marx (Durante) and Tallulah Bankhead/Gertrude Lawrence (Sheridan). Its only problem is the uninspired helmsmanship by William Keighley but, nevertheless, the great cast mirthfully brings on the savage dialogue and relishes in the malicious nature of the satire.
Reviewer Dennis Schwartz
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Davis,Bette
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Delightful adaptastion of George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart play.

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