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The Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman Broadway hit George Washington Slept Here has herein been tailored to the unique talents of Jack Benny. In the original play, city dweller Bill Fuller, fired up with the spirit of "back to the soil," purchases a ramshackle Colonial-era farmhouse in upstate New York, dragging his reluctant wife, Connie, along for the ride. Everett Freeman's screenplay retains the basic set-up with one important difference: in the film, it is Connie Fuller (Ann Sheridan), an inveterate antique collector, who is all hopped up about buying and renovating the old farmhouse, while husband Bill (Jack Benny), with visions of abject poverty dancing in his head, hates the whole idea. This slight character alteration allows Jack Benny to indulge in the frustrated, put-upon slow-burn comedy he does so well, while still leaving Hart and Kaufman's dextrous plot twists and punch lines intact. Most of the humor derives from the thousand-and-one "little" flaws in the drafty old house -- collapsing walls and ceilings, antiquated plumbing, et al. -- all duly categorized by laconic caretaker Mr. Kimber (Percy Kilbride, in a brilliant performance). Also thickening the plot are the efforts by the near-bankrupt Bill and Connie to curry favor with their wealthy uncle Stanley (Charles Coburn), who turns out to be a cheerful old fraud. The resolution of the plotline is inherent in the title, but there's still one last indignity left to be dumped on poor Bill Fuller's head at fade-out time. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mark-Lee Kirk Best Black and White Art Direction 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Max Parker Best Black and White Art Direction 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Casey Roberts Best Black and White Art Direction 1942 Nominee

Cast

Jack Benny
as Bill Fuller
Ann Sheridan
as Connie Fuller
Charles Coburn
as Uncle Stanley
Percy Kilbride
as Mr. Kimber
Hattie McDaniel
as Hester
Franklin Pangborn
as Mr. Gibney
William Tracy
as Steve Eldredge
Joyce Reynolds
as Madge
Lee Patrick
as Rena Leslie
Charles Dingle
as Mr. Prescott
John Emery
as Clayton Evans
Harvey Stephens
as Jeff Douglas
Glen Cavender
as Well Digger
Chester Clute
as Man
Dudley Dickerson
as Porter
Sol (Saul) Gorss
Hank Mann
Jack Mower
as Passenger
Cliff Saum
as Moving Man
Isabel Withers
as Woman
Douglas Croft
as Raymond
Jack Mower
as Passenger
Cliff Saum
as Moving Man
Isabel Withers
as Woman
Dudley Dickerson
as Porter
Glen Cavender
as Well Digger
Chester Clute
as Man

Crew

William Keighley
Director
Jerry Wald
Producer
Moss Hart
Play Author
Moss Hart
Screenwriter
Ernest Haller
Cinematographer
Adolph Deutsch
Composer (Music Score)
Ralph Dawson
Editor
Mark-Lee Kirk
Production Designer
Max Parker
Art Director
Casey Roberts
Set Designer
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
Perc Westmore
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