The More the Merrier

Synopsis: It's World War II and there is a severe housing shortage everywhere - especially in Washington, D.C. where Connie Milligan rents an apartment. Believing it to be her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half of her apartment, fully expecting a suitable female tenent. What she gets instead is mischievous, middle-aged Benjamin Dingle. Dingle talks her into subletting to him and then promptly sublets half of his half to young, irreverent Joe Carter - creating a situation tailor-made for comedy and romance.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, War
Director(s): George Stevens
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Our vagabond camera takes us to

beautiful Washington DC...

...the national capital of our United States.

Situated on the broad banks

of the Potomac River... is pleasant, and leisurely.

For it is a city of formality and custom.

Manners and courtesy...

...are responsible for the well-ordered conduct

of its daily affairs.

The many fine restaurants

of Washington

are the delight of the epicurean

and the gourmet...

...where one may enjoy to the full,

the rare dishes of the Old South.

Washington's beautiful homes

have the quiet dignity of another day.

Our trip would be incomplete...

...if we neglected to visit the quiet,

staid and dignified residential section.

It is with pride that we view

hospitable Washington.

Friendly Washington...

...welcoming us to her doorstep...

...eagerly throwing wide her doors.

I'm sorry, there are no vacancies.

Positively NO vacancies!

I have a reservation.

Well, pardon me...

What was the name sir?

Benjamin Dingle...

Senator Newman made the reservation.

Well, just a moment, Mr Dingle.

Oh yes, we have the reservation.

Senator Newman engaged a suite,

beginning the 24th.

This is only the 22nd.

You're 2 days early.

Anything wrong with being 2 days early?

Why, no sir.

Everybody ought to be 2 days early.

When this nation gets 2 days early,

we'll be getting somewhere.

Yes, sir,

But unfortunately this suite won't be vacated

until day after tomorrow.

Can you connect me

with Senator Newman?

The senator's out of town.

When will he be back?

Well, he was due back

day before yesterday.

But he's...

2 days late.

Yes, sir.

Well, when Senator Newman gets back late...

tell him I was here early.

Yes, sir.

Are all you people here in answer to

the ad in the paper about the apartment?

- I am sir!

- I'll take it!

I'm sorry, but the apartment is all rented.

What do you mean, rented?

It isn't 5 o'clock yet!

I'm very sorry, but the apartment

is all rented.

If there should be another vacancy,

there'll be another ad.

May I ask why you put us

to the bother of coming here?

No, you may not.

Good day.

Like Admiral Farragut said...

"Damn the torpedoes,

full speed ahead."

- How do you do.

- How do you do.

- I'm Benjamin Dingle.

- You certainly are!

About the apartment.

I'm sorry, I've already rented it.

Just a moment, young lady...

Do you think you know me

well enough to lie to me?


Even so, you shouldn't do it.

Do you realise that practically

most of the trouble in the world...

...comes from people lying to people.

Let's take Hitler, for instance...

I'm sorry, mister,

but I prefer...

Mr Dingle.

I prefer sharing my apartment

with a lady.

That's fine...

So would I.

I'm sure you'll be happier

some place else.

I've been there.

Now look, please,

think of my position...

I can't just go round just

renting my apartment to anybody.

I'm not just anybody.

Besides I'm only doing it because of

the housing congestion in Washington.

You said it!

I think it's my patriotic duty

to take somebody in, because...

...everything is so overcrowded.

I'm overcrowded.

Why don't you go to the YMCA?

Too old.

Or The Veteran's Home.

Too young.

Well, I don't know what to...

I'm sure you'll know then,

when I rent half this apartment.

Suppose I have a look at it, eh?'re pretty sure of yourself,

aren't you?

Once upon a time...

I mean, you wouldn't be happy here,

at all.

Home is where you hang your hat.

This way?

- Now, listen!...

- Just looking.

Just looking.

It's no use your looking,

because I've made up my mind... rent to nobody but a woman.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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