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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films, 30 Aug 2013
This review is from: The Man Who Came to Dinner [Region 2] by William Keighley, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Jimmy Durante (DVD) (DVD)
This is a film adaptation of the play written by by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. as a vehicle for their friend Alexander Woollcott, who was the basis for the character Sheridan Whiteside. They were struggling with coming up with a suitable plot when Woollcott descended on on Hart's Bucks County home, took over the master bedroom bullied the staff and wrote in the visitors bok on his departure, "This is to certify that I had one of the most unpleasant times I ever spent." When Hart relayed these events Kaufman said that it was luck that Alexander Woolcott did not break his leg and been stuck there. So the plot was born, based loosely on actual evens.

In the end Alexander Woollcott was not available when the play was first staged, although he did later play Sheridan Whiteside in the West Coast production and it was Monty Woolley who first played the lead role and who also appears in this film version. Other characters who are based on a real people are Beverly Carlton was based on Noel Coward and Banjo, played in the film by Jimmy Durante is based on Harpo Marx, who played the character in the in the same West Coast stage production that Alexander Woollcott appeared in.

The big revelation for me though was Bette Davis, who played Whiteside's private secretary Maggie Cutler, who falls in love with the local journalist and aspiring writer Bert Jefferson played by Richard Travis. Here she plays one of her very rare romantic comic roles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film, 22 Feb 2014
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This review is from: The Man Who Came to Dinner [Region 2] by William Keighley, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Jimmy Durante (DVD) (DVD)
This is a very good film of the era, with good acting from all, especially Bette Davis and Monty Woolley. Monty Woolley was perfect for the part of Whiteside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have you ever had the feeling that you wanted to go, but still had the feeling that you wanted to stay?, 17 Aug 2014
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This review is from: The Man Who Came to Dinner [Region 2] by William Keighley, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Jimmy Durante (DVD) (DVD)
It's one of the all time great movies and it may be 60+ years old but has not dated. It is still funny with stellar acting from Davis, Wooley dt al. Excellent seller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 23 Aug 2014
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This review is from: The Man Who Came to Dinner [Region 2] by William Keighley, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Jimmy Durante (DVD) (DVD)
Excellent very witty film superb cast
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Film Buff, 23 Sep 2014
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This review is from: The Man Who Came to Dinner [Region 2] by William Keighley, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Jimmy Durante (DVD) (DVD)
Wonderful service will use again.
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