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The More the Merrier (1943) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by George Stevens and produced by George Stevens and Fred Guiol.

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorCharles CoburnWon
Best ActressJean ArthurNominated
Best DirectorGeorge StevensNominated
Best PictureColumbiaNominated
Best WritingRobert Russell, Frank RossNominated
Best WritingRobert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. FosterNominated
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Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, and Charles Coburn believe “The More the Merrier”

By Stephen Reginald on Jan 1, 2021 From Classic Movie Man

Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, and Charles Coburn believe “The More the Merrier” The More the Merrier (1943) is an American romantic comedy directed by George Stevens and starring Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, and Charles Coburn. This was director Steven’s last feature film before he j... Read full article


Silver Screen Standards: The More the Merrier (1943)

By Jennifer Garlen on May 12, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Silver Screen Standards: The More the Merrier (1943) Lately, I?ve only been interested in comedies and musicals, the kinds of pictures that make the viewer feel happy in spite of whatever madness is at work in the world outside. Depression and World War II-era mood boosters were quite literally m... Read full article


COMEDY GOLD #13: The morning routine from The More The Merrier (1943)

By Carol Martinheira on Mar 18, 2019 From The Old Hollywood Garden

COMEDY GOLD #13: The morning routine from The More The Merrier (1943) On March 18, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized One of the most endearing rom-coms of all time, the premise of The More the Merrier (dir. George Stevens, 1943) is full of comedic potential: during the war... Read full article


Screening of “The More the Merrier” at Daystar Center April 4

By Stephen Reginald on Mar 20, 2017 From Classic Movie Man

Screening of “The More the Merrier” at Daystar Center April 4 Classic Movie Man Favorites Series: The More the Merrier Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street When: April 4, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald The More the Merrier (1943) is one of the great romantic... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE MORE THE MERRIER (1943)

By Jennifer Garlen on Mar 11, 2016 From Virtual Virago

Directed by George Stevens, The More the Merrier tackles serious wartime issues with a lively sense of humor, something contemporary audiences must have appreciated a great deal as they struggled with housing shortages, romantic complications, and the many other mundane problems of folks supporting ... Read full article


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Constance 'Connie' Milligan: Don't you think it's kind of silly to move for just two days?


Benjamin Dingle: [singing] In love or war, with people like us, we've got to work fast or we'll miss the bus. If you straddle a fence and you sit and wait, you get too little and you get it too late. What'll you say if we see it through, you stick by me and I'll stick by you. And our 18 children will be glad we said...
Benjamin Dingle, Men bunking in the apartment building lobby: [singing] "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. And our 18 children will be glad we said, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"


Charles J. Pendergast: I suppose you're crowded like everyone else in Washington.
Joe Carter: Yes, I'm crowded like nobody else!


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Facts about

Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists for this movie were not seen in the viewed print. These were (with their character names): Harry Bradley (Minister), Eddy Chandler (Police Captain), Kitty McHugh (Taxi Driver), Robert McKenzie (Southerner), Victor Potel (Cattleman), George Reed (Caretaker) and Mary Treen (Waitress).
Final film of Helen Holmes.
The unusual little car Connie's friends drive is a Fiat Topolino convertible. 'Topolino' means 'little mouse' in Italian.
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