The More the Merrier

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Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea and Charles Coburn star in this delightful comedy set during World War II about a single working-girl who, because of a significant housing shortage, sublets half her Washington D.C. apartment to two men for some very merry... read more
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Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea and Charles Coburn star in this delightful comedy set during World War II about a single working-girl who, because of a significant housing shortage, sublets half her Washington D.C. apartment to two men for some very merry and very romantic results. For director George Stevens, THE MORE THE MERRIER would be the final film in his three picture deal with Columbia (the others were Penny Serenade and The Talk Of the Town), as well as his last project before entering the service in the Army Signal Corps film unit. THE MORE THE MERRIER featured terrific performances from its three stars and especially from Charles Coburn, who earned himself a 1943 Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor. Jean Arthur, who Stevens called "one of the greatest comediennes the screen has ever seen," garnered an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. The film, written specifically for Arthur, also received nominations for Best Motion Picture Story, Best Screenplay, Best Picture and Best Director. In 1966, THE MORE THE MERRIER was remade as Walk, Don't Run, which starred Cary Grant and focused on the housing shortage during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Original Release

05/13/1943

US Release

05/13/1943

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Cast

Jean Arthur Connie Milligan
Joel McCrea Joe Carter
Charles Coburn Benjamin Dingle
Richard Gaines Charles J. Pendergast
Bruce Bennett FBI Agent Evans
Frank Sully FBI Agent Pike
Donald Douglas FBI Agent Harding (as Don Douglas)
Clyde Fillmore Senator Noonan
Ann Doran Miss Bilby (uncredited)
Grady Sutton Diner Counterman (uncredited)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

George Stevens

Writers

Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster, Garson Kanin

Cast

Jean Arthur Connie Milligan
Joel McCrea Joe Carter
Charles Coburn Benjamin Dingle
Richard Gaines Charles J. Pendergast
Bruce Bennett FBI Agent Evans
Frank Sully FBI Agent Pike
Donald Douglas FBI Agent Harding (as Don Douglas)
Clyde Fillmore Senator Noonan
Ann Doran Miss Bilby (uncredited)
Grady Sutton Diner Counterman (uncredited)
Chester Clute Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Ann Savage Miss Dalton (uncredited)
Stanley Clements Morton Rodakiewicz
Betzi Beaton Miss Finch
Gladys Blake Barmaid
Lulu Mae Bohrman Secretary
Sally Cairns Bathing Girl
Sugar Geise Dancer
Nancy Gray Miss Chasen
June Horne Girl

Producers

Editors

Otto Meyer

1944OscarBest Picture Nominated
1944OscarBest Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1944OscarBest Actor in a Supporting Role Won
1944OscarBest Director Nominated
1944OscarBest Writing, Original Story Nominated
1944OscarBest Writing, Screenplay Nominated
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