The Man Who Came To Dinner


(out of 5)

Excellent comedy about a crotchety old newspaper columnist (, 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.  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).

Warner Bros.

USA, 1942

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the play by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by


One thought on “The Man Who Came To Dinner

  1. 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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