Given George Stevens' penchant for romantic comedy, it's probably not surprising that the WWII housing crunch in Washington, D.C. could provide fertile grounds for his imagination. The city's dearth of apartments has made things difficult even for 60-year-old millionaire Benjamin Dingle (Charles Coburn) who answers an ad for an apartment share only to find a long line of prospective tenants ahead of him. Claiming to be the apartment's tenant, he dismisses the others, before encountering Connie Milligan (Jean Arthur), the real leaseholder. Despite her initial reluctance to rent to a man, she gives him a trial week. While she's out the next day, Sgt. Joe Carter (Joel McCrea) arrives to inquire about the ad, and the enterprising Coburn offers him half of his room, which he accepts. Connie is angry after finding out about the second sublet and orders them both to leave, but realizes she has to let them stay, since she can't return their money, which she's already spent. It's just as well since Dingle, who's noted Carter's unusual interest in Connie, has decided to play matchmaker to the two younger people.
1943 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
George Stevens - American director/producer, SWING TIME (1936), GIANT (1956)
Don Douglas - Actor\d. 1945
Donald Douglas - Actor\d. 1945
Leigh Harline - American composer
Jean Arthur - American Actress
Gladys Georgianna Green - American Actress
Robert Russell - Screenwriter
Bruce Bennett - American Actor/1930s-40s
Herman Brix - American Actor/1930s-40s
Joel McCrea - American Actor
Otto Meyer - Editor\1940s
Lionel Banks - Production Designer
Stanley Clements - American Actor
Ann Savage - American Actress, 40s-50s
Ted Tetzlaff - American Director/Director Of Photography
Frank Sully - American Character Actor
Charles Coburn - American Character Actor
During World War II, civil servant Connie Milligan decides to turn Washington, D.C.'s housing shortage to her advantage. But when she rents out her four-room apartment to two men, Connie gets more than she bargained for.
Remade in 1966 as "Walk, Don't Run." Scriptwriter Frank Ross was married to the film's star Jean Arthur. Additional cast: Richard Gaines (Charles J. Pendergast) and Clyde Fillmore (Senator Noonan). Additional credit: Jay Gorney (song composer, "Damn the Torpedoes (Full Speed Ahead)"). Available to buy in the UK.
"[An] ever-popular charmer..." - 11/05/2004 USA Today, p.6E