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The More the Merrier
To fully appreciate The More the Merrier, it is important to know that, during WW2, there was an acute housing shortage in Washington DC. This is why elderly Benjamin Dingle (Charles Coburn) is obliged to share a tiny DC apartment with pretty Connie Milligan (Jean Arthur) and handsome Joe Carter (Joel McCrea). After nearly two reels of misunderstandings, the trio becomes accustomed to their curious living arrangement. Joe takes a platonic liking to Connie, but she's engaged to stuffy bureaucrat Charles J. Pendergast (Richard Gaines). Sizing up the situation, foxy Benjamin contrives to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A sparkling and effervescing piece of entertainment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Stevens moves things along a lot more briskly than is usual for him."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Black and white, vaudevillian-style hilarity ensues."
‑ Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects
"Hilarious wartime comedy with Charles Coburn stealing the show."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Brilliant classic comedy"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Despite a belated drift towards sentimentality, this remains a refreshingly intimate movie."
‑ , Time Out
"Hilarious screwball comedy."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A delightful and effervescent comedy marked with terrific performances."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film is best at the beginning."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The More the Merrier (1943) is a delightful romantic comedy of the homefront at wartime, exploring the problems of housing-bed-man shortages."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"As warm and refreshing a ray of sunshine as we've had in a very late Spring."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"George Stevens' charming romantic comedy, about wartime housing conditions, benefits immensely from the chemistry between Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Charming wartime comedy that only veers towards the end into sentimentality."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The housing shortage in Washington DC during the Second World War might not be the most obvious source of material for comedy, but this winning screwball manages to find plenty."
‑ , Film4
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