The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942)

WILLIAM KEIGHLEY

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5

USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , , based on the play by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Excellent comedy about a crotchety old newspaper columnist (Monty Woolley, recreating the role he played on Broadway), who, wheelchair-bound after having fallen and broken his leg, is invited to a socialite’s home for a meal. The host family finds itself in a tizzy preparing for the occasion until the gentleman finally arrives and threatens to blow up at all of them. Bette Davis has a marvelous supporting role as Woolley’s secretary, as low-key and naturalistic a performance as she ever gave, and she shines doing it (it’s good to know she could do romantic comedy too, shame it didn’t happen more often).

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  1. Paul Brien says:

    I love TMWCTD, Bette is gorgeous and looks like she’s enjoying herself. Ann Sheridan is great fun too. The rest of the cast are good too, but I feel Jimmy Durante unbalances the film with his over the top shtick.

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