Review: ‘The More the Merrier’

A sparkling and effervescing piece of entertainment, The More the Merrier, is one of the most spontaneous farce-comedies of the wartime era. Although Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea carry the romantic interest, Charles Coburn walks off with the honors.

A sparkling and effervescing piece of entertainment, The More the Merrier, is one of the most spontaneous farce-comedies of the wartime era. Although Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea carry the romantic interest, Charles Coburn walks off with the honors.

Story [by Frank Ross and Robert Russell] is premised on the housing conditions existing in wartime Washington. Coburn arrives in town and sublets half interest in Miss Arthur’s minute apartment, and when he finds the girl without a boy friend, conveniently picks up McCrea -# Air Force sergeant in town to get orders for secret mission -# to become partner in his share of the housing layout. Naturally complications ensue in hilarious fashion until Coburn backs out to watch the culmination of the romance he very effectively cooks up.

1943: Best Supp. Actor (Charles Coburn).

Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actress (Jean Arthur), Original Story, Screenplay

The More the Merrier

Production

Columbia. Director George Stevens; Producer George Stevens; Screenplay Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flourney, Lewis R. Foster; Camera Ted Tetzlaff; Editor Otto Meyer

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Jean Arthur Joel McCrea Charles Coburn Richard Gaines Bruce Bennett Frank Sully
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