George Washington Slept Here

George Washington Slept Here

Director: William Keighley Cast: Jack Benny, Ann Sheridan, Charles Coburn

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Overview

George Washington Slept Here

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2013
UPC: 0883316879375
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 19,475

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
William Keighley Director
Ralph Dawson Editor
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Everett Freeman Screenwriter
George S. Kaufman Screenwriter
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Moss Hart Screenwriter
Mark-Lee Kirk Production Designer
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Parker Art Director
Casey Roberts Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Wald Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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