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Man Who Came to Dinner [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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This is basically a wild, weird and wonderful comedy, Sheridan Whiteside (Monty Woolley) is basically the man who's coming to dinner to cause havoc with the members of the house he's visiting.
You could say that there's no great plot here, but to be honest there's no great need as there are laughs aplenty in the mad situation comedy that ensues which even has a supporting cast of penguins in it!!
I managed to watch all of this film on a sharing network and knew that I would buy it just from watching the first 10 minutes and I'll be ordering this later today, a joy to watch from start to finish, this kind of film is the reason why people say 'they don't make like this anymore', if you enjoy films like Bringing up baby, then I'm sure you'll like this too, but this is not a romantic comedy.
Directed by William Keighley
While on a lecture tour in Ohio, Sheridan Whiteside (Monty Woolley) slips on the ice outside his hosts' home; until his broken leg heals, the hosts, Mr & Mrs Ernest Stanley (Grant Mitchell & Billie Burke) are forced to put up with the imperious Whiteside. This means enduring an unending stream of Whiteside's whims, caprices and vitriolic bon mots, as well as his long-distance phone calls, eccentric guests and a variety of critters, ranging from penguins to octopus. Whiteside insists upon stage-managing the lives of everyone around him. He is particularly keen on discouraging a romance between his faithful secretary Maggie Cutler (Bette Davis) and local newspaper editor Bert Jefferson (Richard Travis).
The George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart Broadway hit The Man Who Came to Dinner was inspired by the authors' mutual friend, waspish critic/author Alexander Woollcott.
The script, by the Epstein brothers, manages to retain most of the plays best lines and situations, even while expanding Bette Davis' role to justify her star status.
* Special footnote: -- Monty Woolley's favorite song for entertaining at parties was Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets".
1. William Keighley Director)
Date of Birth: 4 August 1889 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 24 June 1984 - New York City, New York
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Fabulous dialogue delivered with lightning precision. Great stuff.
A fine tour de force performance by Monty Wooley as the Man in question. Madcap but with heart!
Simple elegant cinema at it's best.
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