The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

The Man Who Came to Dinner




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Movie Info

While on a lecture tour in Ohio, professor Sheridan Whiteside slips on the ice outside his hosts' home; until his broken leg heals, the hosts are forced to put up the imperious Whiteside. This means enduring an unending stream of Whiteside's whims, caprices, and vitriolic bon mots.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 30, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures



as Sheridan Whiteside

as Maggie Cutler

as Lorraine Sheldon

as Bert Jefferson

as Beverly Carlton

as Mrs. Stanley

as June Stanley

as Ernest Stanley

as Dr. Bradley

as Miss Preen

as Richard Stanley

as Harriett Stanley

as Radio Man

as Radio man

as Radio Man

as Harry

as Mrs. Gibbons

as Telegraph boy

as Woman

as Michaelson

as Mr. Gibbons

as Newspaperman

as Announcer

as Expressman

as Expressman

as Plainclothesman

as Plainclothesman

as Bit Part
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Critic Reviews for The Man Who Came to Dinner

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Here, in the space of an hour and fifty-two minutes, is compacted what is unquestionably the most vicious but hilarious cat-clawing exhibition ever put on the screen, a deliciously wicked character portrait and a helter-skelter satire, withal.

Full Review… | September 30, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 30, 2006
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | September 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Wonderful cast, story and direction in classic comedy.

August 14, 2007

Monty Woolley repeats his stage role in this smart adaptation of Kaufman and Hart's Broadway play, inspired by the Algonquin celebs (Alexander Woolcott, Harpo Marx, Noel Coward).

Full Review… | July 11, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Man Who Came to Dinner

Regular folks run headlong into crazy eccentric celebrity when a radio star (Wooley,raucously unbridled) convalesces in small town Ohio. Ann Sheridan plays the bad girl, Bette Davis, and Bette Davis plays Ann Sheridan, the good girl, and then they fight ... talk about love!

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A very funny movie, but I didn't get to see the end, I want to watch it again sometime.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


When celebrity personality and generally unpleasant Sheridan Whiteside stops by to have dinner with a family of wealthy socialites and falls and hurts himself on their front steps, he winds up having to stay for far longer than just an evenings dinner and makes a great nuisance of himself. Mr. Whiteside's assistant (Bette Davis) winds up falling in love with the local newspaper reporter and the diabolical Whiteside tries to concoct a way to keep her in his employ. Based on the 1939 play by Kaufman and Hart, The Man Who Comes to Dinner is a biting look at the world of celebrity elitism, and is fairly relevant today. Monty Woolley plays Whiteside as a boss from hell, straight from The Devil Wears Prada, which I'm sure drew heavily from this film. Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan play against type, or that is they're playing each others roles, take your pick (Davis plays the sweet girl, Sheridan plays the tough broad). The appearance of Jimmy Durante is a bit of a surpise, contrasting the quick verbal exchanges earlier in the film for his schtick-loaded goofiness. Durante also takes the film in a hokey direction, plot-wise (Jimmy Durante is a very odd looking man that modern viewers might find off-putting). However, these are minor quibbles for a film that has nothing major going for it to begin with. It's not a terribly hilarious film, but it is amusing.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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