The Man Who Came to Dinner

Synopsis: Lecturer Sheridan Whiteside slips on the ice on his way into the home of a prominent Ohio family. The local doctor says Whiteside must remain confined having broken his leg. He begins to meddle with the lives of everyone in the household and, once his plots are underway, learns there is nothing wrong with his leg. He bribes the doctor and resumes control of the household.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): William Keighley
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

How is he? Is he coming out?

- I'll go, Mother.

- All right, Richard.

What's the matter? What is it, John?

- They want pillows.

- They want pillows?

- Anything I can do, Miss Preen?

- No, thank you.

Take your fishhooks off me!

Two more packages

and more telegrams.

Dad's going crazy upstairs

with that bell ringing.

Oh, dear. Will you answer it, darling?

What did you say, Richard?

One's from San Francisco,

one's from New York.

There was something from Alaska

this morning. A baby seal, I think.

You move like

a broken-down truck horse!

I'll get them right away.

He wants some

Metropolitan Club cigarettes.

Metropolitan Club?

They have them at Kitchner's.

I'll get some.

- Here are the pillows.

- Thank you.

Tell me, is he...?

Are they bringing him out soon?

We're getting him out of bed now.

He'll be out soon.

Oh, I'm so glad.

Doesn't that bird brain of yours

ever function?

He must be very happy.

Two o'clock? Yes, I'm sure

he can talk then. All right.

Mother, who do you suppose that was?

Winston Churchill from London.

- Winston Churchill, on our telephone.

- I'll be upstairs if you want me, Mother.

Oh, yes. Tell your father

he better come down.

- Mr. Whiteside's coming out.

- Yes. You'll call, won't you?

- Of course.

- Mr. Whiteside is coming out.

- Daisy, I can't wait.

- Ernest, he's coming any minute.

Winston Churchill

was on the telephone.

We're in the national

news magazines. Look.

"The idol of the airways rests

in the home...

...of surprised Mr. And Mrs. Stanley

of Mesalia, Ohio.

Christmas may be postponed

this year. " What does that mean?

I'm sure it's a great honor,

but I don't like this publicity.

It's upsetting. Phones ringing

all the time. Bells ringing.

- Messenger boys running in and out.

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Julius J. Epstein

Julius J. Epstein (August 22, 1909 – December 30, 2000) was an American screenwriter, who had a long career, best remembered for his screenplay – written with his twin brother, Philip, and Howard E. Koch – of the film Casablanca (1942), for which the writers won an Academy Award. It was adapted from an unpublished play, Everybody Comes to Rick's, written by Murray Bennett and Joan Alison. more…

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