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The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by William Keighley and produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner, Jerry Wald and Jack Saper.

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GlamAmor-ous Holidays--Orry-Kelly Style in 1942's THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

on Dec 12, 2018 From GlamAmor

Happy holidays! It's hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. Like many, I found 2018 filled with great accomplishment, but also some serious challenges as well. Focusing on the positive, thanks to all who joined me for my series at the Egyptian Theatre on the HISTORY OF FASHION IN... Read full article


Bette's Back in The Man Who Came to Dinner

By Amanda Garrett on Sep 23, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing Warner Archive's new DVD re-release of The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), starring Monty Woolley, Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan. The good folks at Warner Archive are bringing five classic Bette Davis movies back into print. Each Friday in September, I'll have a review of one ... Read full article


The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

By Summer Reeves on Mar 31, 2016 From Serendipitous Anachronisms

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) 31 Thursday Mar 2016 Posted by Summer Reeves in 1940s, Blogathon, Cinema, Comedy, Romance ≈ Leave a comment Tags1940s, Blogathon, Classic Cinema, Comedy, Movies with Cute Clothes This post is part o... Read full article


GlamAmor-ous Holidays--Orry-Kelly Style in 1942's THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

on Dec 19, 2015 From GlamAmor

Happy holidays! It's hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. The last six months have been an absolute whirlwind for me. My passion for protecting and preserving classic cinema took me in a new direction this year - becoming the Manager of Marketing for Sony's classic film channel... Read full article


The Great Performances: Monty Woolley in The Man Who Came to Dinner

By Amanda Garrett on Aug 26, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), starring Monty Woolley as famed broadcaster and writer Sheridan Whiteside. In this publicity still, Whiteside is accompanied by his faithful secretary (Bette Davis) and his friendly rival (Reginald Gardiner). TCM will air this classic comedy A... Read full article


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Maggie Cutler: [to Sheridan] Don't you pull any of your tricks on me, because I'm on to every one of them. So lay off. That's my message to you... "Big" Lord Fauntleroy!


Beverly Carlton: I have very little time, and so the conversation will be entirely about me and I shall love it.


Sheridan Whiteside: Is there a man in the world who suffers as I do from the gross inadequacies of the human race?


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Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, authors of the play from which this film was adapted, were good friends with Alexander Woollcott, a famous critic, radio personality, and lecturer at the time. Woollcott requested that they write a play FOR him, but they never came up with a plot. One day Woollcott came to visit Hart unexpectedly and turned his house upside down, taking over the master bedroom, ordering Hart's staff around and making a general nuisance of himself. When Moss Hart told George S. Kaufman of the visit, he asked, "Imagine what would have happened if he broken his leg and had to stay?" They looked at each other and knew they had a play.
The Smiths song "Cemetry Gates" quotes directly from this movie: specifically from the scene when Ann Sheridan recites dramatic lines next to the mummy. "Loves and hates, and passions just like mine."
Bette Davis saw "The Man Who Came to Dinner" on Broadway and immediately wanted to play the role of Maggie, the antithesis of her usual roles. She wanted the role desperately because she wanted to act opposite John Barrymore who was to play Sheridan Whiteside. At her insistence, Warner Bros. tested Barrymore for the role but his failing health and inability to remember his lines cost him the job.
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