Man Who Came to Dinner


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One of my favorite Thanksgiving movies is The Man Who Came to Dinner, with Monty Woolley and Bette Davis. The plot, in a nutshell: A cranky, world-renowned author (Woolley) injures his back and must spend the holidays with his cosmopolitan assistant (Davis) confined to a house in small-town Ohio, ordering people around and causing trouble for those he cares about most.

This cheery and cozy wartime film has all the charm of a fireplace. Directed by William Keighley, the film features dialogue at breakneck speeds and impeccable dramatic timing. In fact, The Man Who Came to Dinner was a 1939 Broadway play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman and starred Woolley and several other actors who had been in the stage version.

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the U.S. and abroad. Here's The Man Who Came to Dinner...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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