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127 Ratings

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Directed by William Keighley
United States, 1942
Comedy, Romance


When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman’s home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.

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The Man Who Came to Dinner Directed by William Keighley

Critics reviews

The jewel of [the Kaufman and Hart] association, which includes the Pulitzer- and Oscar-winning You Can’t Take It with You, might well be The Man Who Came to Dinner. True to Kaufman and Hart’s form, it’s a sophisticated, living-room-bound comedy of manners and eccentricity, playing off what film scholar Jeanine Basinger characterizes as the universal fear that an undesirable party will come for a visit and never leave.
November 21, 2016
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Woolley is irresistible as “a selfish, petty egomaniac who would just as soon see his mother burning at the stake, if that was the only way he had of lighting a cigarette,” as his secretary puts it. Playing that secretary, Bette Davis burns with her usual flinty ferocity, but she also unveils a delightfully musical laugh.
November 05, 2014
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