The More the Merrier 1943 Jean Arthur Joel McCrea Comedy B&W
Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn
More the Merrier Story Line. 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 tenant. 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. This creates a situation tailor-made for comedy and romance.
There isn’t an unfunny scene in this entire film! Several scenes vie for the title of Best Romantic Comedy of all times with Preston Sturges’ contemporaneous films. The three performers are remarkable. They have great chemistry as a comic trio, and McCrea and Arthur throw sparks off the screen with their surprisingly erotic romance. In addition, Arthur is engaged to an older man, adding to the dilemma. Richard Gaines is excellent as the fiance. Grady Sutton has a very funny cameo near the end of the film as a waiter.
McCrea was an unsung but marvelously effective leading man in the 30’s and 40’s – rather like Jeff Bridges. He’s very fine here, and also in the movies he made for Preston Sturges. Jean Arthur is at her very best! Another great who doesn’t get enough respect nowadays.
Tagline: “Why are nice men such dopes?”
- Director: George Stevens
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co: Columbia Pictures
- Run time: 104 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Black and White
- Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
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