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A 1939 [[{{Farce}} farcical]] stage play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, adapted to film in 1942.

Sheridan Whiteside, a cranky, irascible New York author and critic, is making a nationwide tour. Two weeks before Christmas, he has a publicity stunt dinner at the Stanley household in Mesalia, Ohio. As he's leaving the house, he slips and breaks his hip. Now he must stay in the house while he heals, taking it over in the process, to the extreme annoyance of Mr. Stanley. His Hollywood friends send their most "heartfelt condolences." Meanwhile, his assistant, the eternally patient Maggie Cutler, falls in love with Bert Jefferson, the editor of the local Mesalia newspaper. Whiteside, horrified at the prospect of losing his assistant, decides he must put a stop to the romance. Bert has written a play, so Whiteside hits on the idea of bringing theater actress Lorraine Sheldon to town, ostensibly to talk about the play, but really to seduce Bert away from Maggie.

TheMovie was released in 1942, starring Monty Woolley as Whiteside, Creator/BetteDavis as Maggie, and Ann Sheridan as Lorraine. Woolley had originated the role on Broadway but was not the studio's first choice, being relatively unknown to film audiences at the time. John Barrymore read for the part, but his severe alcoholism kept him from getting the role (he died not long after). Creator/OrsonWelles wanted the part, and Creator/CharlesLaughton was suggested, but Woolley wound up reprising his role after all.

Future ''Series/InsideTheActorsStudio'' host James Lipton cowrote a {{musical}} adaptation called ''Sherry!'' in 1967. ''Series/HallmarkHallOfFame'' aired a remake in 1972, starring Welles and updating the story for the television age. Meanwhile, the original play has been revived several times, including a 2000 production starring Nathan Lane.

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!!Contains examples of:

* AnnoyingPatient: Whiteside is one of the greatest, completely taking over the Stanley household.
* ArmorPiercingResponse: Banjo gives one to Whiteside after hearing his version of what's happened: "So, Lorraine ''just happened'' to drop by, did she? I smell a rat, Whiteside! A rat with a beard!...Sure, you haven't thought of yourself in years!"
* AssholeVictim: Just to make sure the audience doesn't sympathize with Mr. Stanley as Whiteside insults him and makes his life miserable, Mr. Stanley is shown as interfering in the lives of both of his children--keeping his son from pursuing a career in photography and blocking his daughter's marriage to a labor leader.
* ButtMonkey: Mr. Stanley is a combination of this and TheChewToy.
** Not to mention Nurse Preen.
* CloudCuckooLander: Harriet Stanley, whose general weirdness is explained when she's revealed to be a crazy murderer.
* DeadpanSnarker: Whiteside is wheeled out of his room to see everyone's smiling faces. He takes one look and delivers his first line of the play:
-->"I may vomit."
* EvilCripple: Whiteside, who screws with everyone from the comfort of his wheelchair.
* FlyoverCountry: Whiteside, the consummate East Coast snob, expresses this opinion. His first line in the movie:
--> "I simply will not sit down at dinner with Midwestern barbarians."
* GirlFriday: The loyal, eternally patient Maggie is this to Whiteside.
* HereWeGoAgain: Right at the end, as he's finally leaving the Stanley home, Whiteside slips on the ice again and hurts his hip. Again.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Whiteside asks to be introduced to June's boyfriend Sandy:
--> '''June:''' Mr. Whiteside, he's a very sensitive boy. You... you'll be kind to him, won't you?
--> '''Whiteside:''' CONFOUND IT, June, when are you going to learn that I am always kind and courteous? Bring this idiot in.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Whiteside, especially when he tries to break up Maggie's romance just because he doesn't want to get a new assisstant.
* JerkAss: Whiteside, persecuting Mr. and Mrs. Stanley, insulting most everyone else in Mesalia.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He really does care about Maggie though, and is generally kind to people of lower social standing, like the Stanley's children.
** Nathan Lane, who played the part of Whiteside in a Broadway revival, [[http://observer.com/2000/07/the-man-who-came-to-bubbys-nathan-lane-takes-on-critics/ expressed concern]] that in the movie, Wooley as Whiteside comes off as mean for the sake of being mean.
* NiceToTheWaiter: The household servants are about the only people Whiteside is actually nice to.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Where do we start?
** Whiteside himself is based on Alexander Woollcott, a CausticCritic for ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' and a friend of Kaufman and Hart. One day, Woollcott showed up at Hart's house unannounced and more or less took over, sleeping in the master bedroom, terrorizing the staff and writing in the guest book, "This is to certify that I had one of the most unpleasant times I ever spent."
** Beverly Carlton is NoelCoward.
** Banjo is a cross between [[MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] (reference is made to "Wackko and Sloppo") and Jimmy Durante. When Durante himself played the role in the movie, the role obviously became a bit more based on his characteristics.
*** Harpo himself also played Banjo (yes, a speaking part) in one 1941 summer theater production.
** Lorraine Sheldon is Broadway actress Gertrude Lawrence.
** Harriet Stanley is revealed to be an expy of Lizzie Borden.
* TheNounWhoVerbed: The title.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Whiteside's doctor pronounces his injuries fully healed by the end of the first act, but he insists on keeping his recovery a secret so he won't have to leave town. So he stays in his wheelchair for a while longer.
* PetTheDog: Whiteside is generally very kind and supportive to the children and staff of the house, so much so that the servants quit to work for him at the end. He's also very polite to the insane Harriet Stanley.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Whiteside and Maggie, which is the main reason he is upset over her new relationship.
* PrettyInMink: Maggie has a fox cape, and a fur muff that she kicks like a football in one scene.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Miss Preen, Whiteside's nurse, finally snaps at the end of the film and not only walks out on him but gives up on nursing in favor of going to work in a munitions factor.
* ShipperOnDeck: Whiteside, with regard to June and Sandy. (But ''not'' Maggie and Bert.)
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: After finding out that his hip is fine, Whiteside keeps this a secret, because he needs to stay in Mesalia long enough to break up Maggie's romance.
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