The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Man Who Came to Dinner

William Keighley (1941)

U Certificate


Our Score
New York character actor Monty Woolley transferred his stage role to the screen, playing irascible lecturer Sheridan Whiteside in this sparkling Warner Bros comedy based on the George S Kaufman/Moss Hart Broadway hit. Incapacitated after slipping on ice outside the home of Grant Mitchell, Woolley becomes an unwelcome guest who takes control of the house, leaving a respectable family totally bewildered. Despite Woolley's resolute screen-hogging, a notable brace of Warner women get more formidable roles than the original Broadway play afforded, and the presence of the dynamic Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan lends Woolley the star power he personally lacks. All in all, this is a splendid piece of entertainment.


An injured radio star is forced to stay in an average family's home while he convalesces - and drives everyone to distraction with his selfishness and lack of consideration. Comedy blessed, starring Monty Woolley, Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan.

Cast & Crew

Maggie Cutler Bette Davis
Sheridan Whiteside Monty Woolley
Lorraine Sheldon Ann Sheridan
Bert Jefferson Richard Travis
Banjo Jimmy Durante
Beverly Carlton Reginald Gardiner
Mrs Stanley Billie Burke
June Stanley Elisabeth Fraser
Ernest Stanley Grant Mitchell
Dr Bradley George Barbier
Miss Preen Mary Wickes
Richard Stanley Russell Arms
Harriett Stanley Ruth Vivian
Mrs Gibbons Laura Hope Crews
Director William Keighley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures Ltd