The More the Merrier (1943)

The More the Merrier (1943)

The More the Merrier




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George Stevens' comedy is set in Washington, D.C. during World War II, where a shortage of housing forces career woman Connie Milligan (Jean Arthur) to share a small apartment with an old codger (Charles Coburn) and an Air Force mechanic named Joe (Joel McCrea).

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert Russell, Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 2004
Columbia Pictures


as Joe Carter

as Benjamin Dingle

as Connie Milligan

as Charles J. Pendergas...

as Sen. Noonan

as Morton Rodakiewicz

as Harding

as Miss Dalton

as Waiter

as Miss Bilby

as Waitress

as Barmaid

as Miss Allen

as Head Waiter

as Miss Chasen

as Air Corps Captain

as Miss Finch

as Southerner

as Cattleman

as Character

as Senator

as Senator

as Minister

as Miss Geeskin

as Dumpy Woman

as Fat Statistician

as 2nd Statistician

as Taxi Driver

as Hotel Clerk

as Head Waiter

as Police Captain

as Waiter

as Caretaker

as Taxi Driver

as Taxi Driver

as Head Waiter
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Critic Reviews for The More the Merrier

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

A sparkling and effervescing piece of entertainment.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Despite a belated drift towards sentimentality, this remains a refreshingly intimate movie.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As warm and refreshing a ray of sunshine as we've had in a very late Spring.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Stevens moves things along a lot more briskly than is usual for him.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Hilarious screwball comedy.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Empire Magazine

George Stevens' charming romantic comedy, about wartime housing conditions, benefits immensely from the chemistry between Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea.

Full Review… | March 13, 2011

Audience Reviews for The More the Merrier


George Stevens' comic war-at-home tale about the housing and man shortage in Washington D.C. that works principally because of the chemistry of its cast, particularly Charles Coburn as a businessman turned Cupid. Joel McCrea is the standard stalwart male lead, and Jean Arthur is wonderful as the woman whose friendship is more important than how she looks. Some nice screwball bits in here.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Although there were a couple of movies with this same story, I enjoyed this one. The actors are good and the movie is very funny.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


starts off screwball and ends somewhat sappily. it's easy to see the template for every lame romantic comedy in these old films. the cast is delightful: hilarious charles coburn who won an oscar for this role, the underrated joel mccrea and always charming jean arthur; 43 (!) and still adorable

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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