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Free Afternoon Movie

Free Afternoon Movie

Tuesday, February 19
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mary J. Benson Branch

Love is in the air ... and everywhere!

February 19   The More The Merrier (1943) 1 hr 44 min.

It’s World War II and there is a severe housing shortage everywhere, especially in Washington, D.C. where Connie Milligan (Jean Arthur) rents an apartment. As her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half her apartment, expecting a suitable female tenant. What she gets instead is mischievous, middle-aged Benjamin Dingle (Charles Coburn). Dingle talks her into subletting to him, then promptly sublets half of his half to young, irreverent Joe Carter (Joel McCrea)…and the fun begins.

Coburn won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role, and Jean Arthur’s performance was her only Oscar nomination. Arthur was in trouble with Columbia Pictures for turning down roles, so she asked her out-of-work friend Garson Kanin to pen her something she could take to the studio, and paid for the script out of her own pocket. Co-writer Frank Ross was Jean Arthur's husband at the time.