The More the Merrier

The only picture with a DINGLE!
The More the Merrier
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: November 2, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1943
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Art Direction by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1943 - Best Supporting Actor: Charles Coburn

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 17


User Ratings: 1,298
[An] ever-popular charmer...
USA Today
Nov 5, 2004
A sparkling and effervescing piece of entertainment. Full Review
Mar 26, 2009
Rating: A- -- George Stevens' charming romantic comedy, about wartime housing conditions, benefits immensely from the chemistry between Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea. Full Review
Mar 13, 2011
Rating: 4.5/5 -- A gossamer-weight, charming film about how very awful it is to have the war fill every minute of your waking world - I don't know how that alchemy works, but it's sublime. Full Review
Alternate Ending
Sep 16, 2018
Stevens moves things along a lot more briskly than is usual for him. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Black and white, vaudevillian-style hilarity ensues. Full Review
Film School Rejects
Feb 11, 2009
Rating: 3.5/4 -- A delightful and effervescent comedy marked with terrific performances. Full Review
TV Guide
Nov 14, 2007

Product Description:

Given George Stevens' penchant for romantic comedy, it's probably not surprising that the WWII housing crunch in Washington, D.C. could provide fertile grounds for his imagination. The city's dearth of apartments has made things difficult even for 60-year-old millionaire Benjamin Dingle (Charles Coburn) who answers an ad for an apartment share only to find a long line of prospective tenants ahead of him. Claiming to be the apartment's tenant, he dismisses the others, before encountering Connie Milligan (Jean Arthur), the real leaseholder. Despite her initial reluctance to rent to a man, she gives him a trial week. While she's out the next day, Sgt. Joe Carter (Joel McCrea) arrives to inquire about the ad, and the enterprising Coburn offers him half of his room, which he accepts. Connie is angry after finding out about the second sublet and orders them both to leave, but realizes she has to let them stay, since she can't return their money, which she's already spent. It's just as well since Dingle, who's noted Carter's unusual interest in Connie, has decided to play matchmaker to the two younger people.

Plot Synopsis:

During World War II, civil servant Connie Milligan decides to turn Washington, D.C.'s housing shortage to her advantage. But when she rents out her four-room apartment to two men, Connie gets more than she bargained for.


Production Notes:

  • Remade in 1966 as "Walk, Don't Run."
  • Scriptwriter Frank Ross was married to the film's star Jean Arthur.
  • Additional cast: Richard Gaines (Charles J. Pendergast) and Clyde Fillmore (Senator Noonan).
  • Additional credit: Jay Gorney (song composer, "Damn the Torpedoes (Full Speed Ahead)").
  • Available to buy in the UK.

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  • UPC: 043396051768
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