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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Man Who Came To Dinner

The Man Who Came To Dinner is a witty, comedic play-turned-film that reminds us that "guests like fish, begin to smell after three days." Sheridan Whiteside is critic and radio commenter that comes to a town for a lecture only to injure himself on the front steps of a house he was entering for a dinner party. The visit which was supposed to last only the span of a meal stretches on for several weeks and Whiteside brings a menagerie of madness upon his hapless hosts. His faithful secretary Maggie (played brilliantly by Bette Davis) does an admirable job of managing the madness until she begins to fall for local newspaper reporter (boringly portrayed by Richard Travis). Whiteside isn't content to rest up and merely welcome penguins and socialites into his borrowed living room, but quickly begins to utilize his free time by interfering with the lives around him. While the characters were originally moulded after contemporaries of the stage, it remains a fun romp that still entertains today.
The Man Who Came To Dinner
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