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The More the Merrier (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, War | 13 May 1943 (USA)
During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Robert Russell (screen play), Frank Ross (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Connie Milligan
Joel McCrea ... Joe Carter
Charles Coburn ... Benjamin Dingle
Richard Gaines ... Charles J. Pendergast
Bruce Bennett ... FBI Agent Evans
Frank Sully ... FBI Agent Pike
Donald Douglas ... FBI Agent Harding (as Don Douglas)
Clyde Fillmore Clyde Fillmore ... Senator Noonan
Stanley Clements ... Morton Rodakiewicz
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It's World War II and there is a severe housing shortage everywhere - especially in Washington, D.C. where Connie Milligan rents an apartment. Believing it to be her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half of her apartment, fully expecting a suitable female tenent. What she gets instead is mischievous, middle-aged Benjamin Dingle. Dingle talks her into subletting to him and then promptly sublets half of his half to young, irreverent Joe Carter - creating a situation tailor-made for comedy and romance. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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She saw her patriotic duty - and she dood it! (original 11x14 Title Card) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The unusual little car Connie's friends drive is a 1936 Fiat 500A Topolino. 'Topolino' means 'little mouse' in Italian, and the car was very rare in the USA. See more »

Goofs

As Connie is speaking to Joe Carter for the first time in the hallway of the apartment, she asks "You don't happen to know a gentleman by the name of Benjamin Dingle, do you"? On the next cut, she is silently mouthing the very same words as Mr. Dingle arrives at the door after passing in front of her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Our vagabond camera takes us to beautiful Washington, D.C., the national capital of our United States, situated on the broad banks of the Potomac River. Living is pleasant and leisurely... for it is a city of formality and custom. Manners and courtesy are responsible for the well-ordered conduct of its daily affairs. The many fine restaurants of Washington are the delight of the epicurean and the gourmet, where one may enjoy to the full the rare dishes of the old south. ...
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Connections

Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Torpedo Song
(1943)
(Published as "Damn the Torpedos - Full Speed Ahead")
Music by Jay Gorney
Lyrics by Henry Myers and Edward Eliscu
Recited often by Charles Coburn (uncredited)
Sung by Coburn and other members of the Committee at the end
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A classic war romantic comedy
19 June 2001 | by timmaukSee all my reviews

This film showed how crowded our nation's capital was during the war. Everyone was there trying to sell their ideas or find ways to improve our war effort. Due to this overcrowding, citizens of Washington DC were asked to be hospitable and let people stay with them. This is where this film gets the idea for this confusing, frustrating and romantic tale.

Picture pretty little Connie(Jean Arthur) living in the fair city of Washington DC. A hard working girl who lives in an apartment by herself. To be patriotic, she decides to rent out her other bedroom. She didn't figure her future roomie would be a male. Now picture Mr. Dingle(Charles Coburn) is a big wig who has come to town to meet with Washington's big wigs. Good golly, his hotel room has been given away and he can not find another place to stay. Guess where he ends up?? Poor Connie.

Now picture young handsome Joseph Carter. Coming to town to show his ideas to improve our flying fleet. He can't find a place either. He runs into our friend Mr. Dingle. Mr. Dingle has a grand idea. Now guess where he is going to stay. Poor poor Connie.

Our dear Connie has a boyfriend who she has been dating, FOREVER!! A Mr. Charles J Pendergast(Richard Gaines). Stuffy, by-the-book, close minded bore. Oh my, he won't like this situation one bit. Poor, poor,...well you get the idea.

This film is a scream. A great script, great direction, and great acting. A great look back into life during the war and wonderful romantic story. Not to mention Jean Arthur's and Charles Coburn's best performances ever.

A classic romantic comedy. You just have to see this!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merry-Go-Round See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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