Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

The man who Came to Dinner, film posterImage via Wikipedia
Three Monty Woolleys? Oh dear. That's a lot of... cantankerousness, and energy, and... beard. If those are things you are even remotely interested in, The Man Who Came to Dinner should be satisfactory to you. In this, shall we say, adventure, a star-studded cast takes on a Broadway play that tops the charts in energy and action. Never a dull moment here - but please be assured, you might need to be feeling energetic yourself in order to keep up. 

Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Jimmy Durante, Billie Burke, Reginald Gardiner, Richard Travis, and Mary Wickes, all colliding with each other and Monty Woolley for 112 minutes. The Great Woolley is a famous lecturer and critic who feels nothing but disdain for almost every person in the world, except his assistant, Bette Davis. He is the man who unwillingly came for dinner at the Stanley residence and never left. 

Having broken his hip on the slippery stairs outside the home, the critic is at first forced to remain in the home to heal; he finds himself so enjoying meddling in (and wrecking) the lives of the family that he decides not to leave. And all of this as he prepares for a Christmas Eve radio broadcast live from the home. 

Will he learn any Christmas lessons?
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