A pompous writer and critic forced to stay with a midwestern family during the winter thoroughly disrupts their well-ordered lives. Original play (1939) by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.
Bette Davis - Oscar winning american actress, JEZEBEL, DANGEROUS
Ruth Elizabeth Davis - Oscar winning american actress, JEZEBEL, DANGEROUS
Ann Sheridan - American actress, THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT
Clara Lou Sheridan - American actress, THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT
Monty Woolley - American Supporting Actor
Billie Burke - American actress, THE WIZARD OF OZ, MERRILY WE LIVE
Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke - American actress, THE WIZARD OF OZ, MERRILY WE LIVE
William Keighley - American Director/Warners
This hilariously witty satire contains caricatures of many famous celebrities -- Alexander Woollcott, Gertrude Lawrence, Noël Coward, Harpo Marx, and various members of New York's Algonquin Round Table. While on his way to dinner at a suburban family's home, Sheridan Whiteside, an insufferably arrogant radio personality, accidentally falls and breaks his hip. Then the unwelcome, barbed-tongued guest stays on in their abode while he recovers. And, along with an offbeat cast of characters who come to visit him, he proceeds to drive his hosts round the bend!
This film was based on a Broadway play, which also inspired a musical, "Sherry," in 1967. John Barrymore was the original actor chosen to play the lead character, Sheridan Whiteside, but he was replaced because he had difficulty remembering his lines. This trouble was attributed to a drinking problem. He died shortly thereafter; it would have been his last film appearance. Bette Davis persuaded Warner Brothers to buy the property, "The Man Who Came to Dinner," with the intention of co-starring with John Barrymore. She was unconcerned about his ability to remember lines, and felt that he should have played the role anyway. Davis had agreed to continue with him ad-libbing. Monty Woolley, who took the lead role, had also starred in the stage production as Sheridan Whiteside. Clifton Webb appeared in the national company's touring production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Last film appearance for actress Laura Hope Crews, who died in 1942. Film debuts for actors Richard Travis, Mary Wickes, and Russell Arms. Additional cast: Russell Arms (Richard Stanley), Ruth Vivian (Harriet), Edwin Stanley (John), Betty Roadman (Sarah), Nanette Vallon (Cosette). Turner Entertainment made a computer-colored version of this film.