although bette davis has been given top billing in "the man who came to dinner," the main focus of attention is on the writer character(monte wooley), who goes out of his way to be as unpleasant and as difficult as possible during his unexpected stay at a house where he was only supposed to be a dinner guest. unfortunately, a fall on the steps outside the front of the house changes all that and he is a rather reluctant houseguest. his constand barbs and putdowns are amongst some of the funniest i have yet seen. full credit goes to the screenplay writers in their task of adapting this broadway success for "warner bros." there follows some of the more eccentric plot developments that i have yet seen in any comedy film: an octopus, a basket full of penguins and a group of convicts all turning up at the same house to create havoc for the poor owners of the house! bette davis is her usual watchable self as the loyal but somewhat suffering secretary, ann sheridan is very good as the rather condescending and pompous stage actress, billie burke is o.k as the creeping and crawling mistress of the house and jimmy durante is fantastic as one of the writer's cronies!