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Man Who Came to Dinner [DVD] [1943] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EU1Q1S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,979 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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What a wonderful comedy this is, although this has Bette Davis in there can only be one true star of this film and that's Monty Woolley, he's just superb in this role and is clearly revels in the lead role, he's not given top billing for some reason, but he should have.

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.
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I fondly remember this film from many a wet Saturday afternoon watching BBC 2 with my parents, they loved old films. In those days there appeared to be so many more parts for women. I do find modern films disappointing with their usual quota of one token women, usually without much character who never speaks to another women throughout. Bette Davis and Anne Sheridan are wonderful. Anne Sheridan was a great actress and could play warm, strong women and also really funny but horrible as here, in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Bette Davis is of course superb as always. I was surprised by just how much each character has to say. I remember films then relied much more on the script rather then today's preponderance of special effects or 'posing' (sexually if female and ultra-macho if male). Very funny story involving a gruff, spoilt reluctant vistor, wonderfully played by Mr Woolley, to a middle class American family household. Includes a plethora of delightful characters, a box of penguins with a romance thrown in for good measure. Would definitely recommend.
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Warner Bros. Pictures presents "THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER" (1942 113 min/B&W) -- Starring: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley, Richard Travis, Jimmy Durante, Billie Burke, Reginald Gardiner & Grant Mitchell

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".

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Date of Birth: 4 August 1889 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 24 June 1984 - New York City, New York

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A literary lion descends on a small mid-western town and, after a fall, is confined a to wheelchair in his reluctant host's house. Thereafter he takes command of the house for his own purposes - such as lunch with a bunch of convict murderers, while expelling the family from the main rooms of the house so that they can't get in the way of such things as his telephone calls from Winston Churchill and Eleanor Roosevelt. He is monstrously rude to everybody else, but welcomes the diversion of visits from Hollywood chums. Monty Woolley makes a magnificent monster who finally redeems himself with an act of grace.
Fabulous dialogue delivered with lightning precision. Great stuff.
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So good to see Bette Davis in a romantic comedy role - she brings it off with elan [despite some weird headgear!]
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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This film has it all - great performances, an excellent script, and all the other ingredients that make a classic. Oh and Bette Davis too, who could ask for more and a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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i have this film on video but as they are now a thing of the past ....i never get to see it. just love this movie so much Monty Wolley steals the show.....would love to have on DVD but cant buy it here..oh what joy...just orderd it ..
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