Man Who Came To Dinner

Man Who Came To Dinner

Bette Davis
Director: William Keighley Cast: Bette Davis
Bette Davis
, Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
, Monty Woolley
Monty Woolley
William Keighley

DVD (Full Frame)

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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. Generously bearded ex-Yale professor Monty Woolley, no mean curmudgeon himself, plays the Woollcott character, here rechristened Sheridan Whiteside. While on a lecture tour in Ohio, Whiteside slips on the ice outside his hosts' home; until his broken leg heals, the hosts (Grant Mitchell and Billie Burke) are forced to put up (and 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 octopi. Like the real Woollcott, 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 (top-billed Bette Davis) and local newspaper editor Bert Jefferson (Richard Travis). Once he realizes he's gone too far in this respect, Whiteside is forced to reunite the lovers. That's only one aspect of a three-ring-circus plotline that accommodates a Lizzie Bordenish axe murderess, takeoffs of Woollcott intimates Harpo Marx, Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, and a general practitioner who's willing to let his patients suffer for a chance to pitch his interminable memoirs to Whiteside. Featured in the cast are Jimmy Durante as "Banjo" (the Harpo clone), Reginald Gardiner as the Noel Coward-like Beverly Carlton, Anne Sheridan as the predatory Gertrude Lawrence counterpart Lorraine Sheldon, and Mary Wickes as the long-suffering Nurse Preen ("You have the touch of a love-starved cobra!") The script, by the Epstein brothers, manages to retain most of the play's best lines and situations, even while expanding Bette Davis' role to justify her start status; it's a shame, though, that we are robbed of Sheridan Whiteside's imperishable opening line, "I may vomit!"

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2016
UPC: 0888574432515
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 15,434

Special Features

Closed Caption; Featurette The Man Who Came to Dinner: Inside A Classic Comedy; Vintage Joe McDoakes Comedy Short So You Think You Need Glasses; Classic Cartoon Six Hits and a Miss; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Maggie Cutler
Ann Sheridan Lorraine Sheldon
Monty Woolley Sheridan Whiteside
Billie Burke Mrs. Ernest Stanley
Jimmy Durante Banjo
Richard Travis Bert Jefferson
Reginald Gardiner Beverly Carlton
Elisabeth Fraser June Stanley
Grant Mitchell Mr. Ernest Stanley
George Barbier Dr. Bradley
Mary Wickes Nurse Preen
Laura Hope Crews Mrs. Gibbons
Russell Arms Richard Stanley
Ruth Vivian Harriett Stanley
Edwin Stanley John
Betty Roadman Sarah
Charles Drake Sandy
Chester Clute Mr. Gibbons
Nanette Vallon Cosette
John Ridgely Radio Man
Vera Lewis Woman
Frank Mayo Plainclothesman
Georgia Carroll Girl
Frank Coghlan Telegraph boy
Dudley Dickerson Porter
Peggy Diggins Girl
Roland Drew Reporter
Herbert Gunn Radio man
Creighton Hale Radio Man
Sam Hayes Announcer
Fred Kelsey Man
Hank Mann Expressman
Frank Moran Michaelson
Jack Mower Plainclothesman
Cliff Saum Expressman
Billy Wayne Vendor
Gig Young Bit Part
Ernie S. Adams Haggerty
Leslie Brooks Girl
Eddy Chandler Guard
Patrick McVey Harry
Alix Talton Girl

Technical Credits
William Keighley Director
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Philip G. Epstein Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Sam Harris Associate Producer
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Jack Killifer Editor
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
Dick Mayberry Asst. Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Saper Producer
Jerry Wald Producer
Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Jack L. Warner Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Man Who Came to Dinner
1. Credits [:54]
2. Headline Accident [4:44]
3. The Great Man Emerges [5:18]
4. Blossom Girl [5:40]
5. Guests for Lunch [5:03]
6. It's an Outrage [3:20]
7. Breaking the Ice [5:20]
8. Declaration of Independence [5:41]
9. Just Lorraine's Dish [5:35]
10. Penguins on the Loose [6:28]
11. Stanley Family Matters [4:52]
12. Lorraine Arrives [5:07]
13. He Never Interferes [5:16]
14. Beverly Arrives [5:17]
15. Phone Proposal [5:36]
16. Jefferson Special [4:47]
17. Christmas Eve Chaos [4:26]
18. Not Very Merry Christmas [4:03]
19. Banjo Arrives [5:29]
20. Miss Preen Leaves [2:50]
21. Good Ship 8-Ball [6:08]
22. Mummy Case Cargo [3:48]
23. Changes in Plans [3:13]
24. Hold the Phone, Eleanor [2:43]
25. Cast List [:38]

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