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Trivia / The Man Who Came to Dinner

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  • Acting for Two: The roles of Professor Metz, Beverly Carlton, and Banjo are all traditionally played by the same actor, since they each only appear in acts one, two, and three respectively.
  • Actor Allusion: Whiteside's friend Banjo refers to Lorraine as "the oomph girl". In Real Life, the curvaceous Ann Sheridan was in fact called "the oomph girl", a nickname she hated.
  • Billing Displacement: The film bills Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan ahead of Monty Woolley.
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  • Playing Against Type: Ann Sheridan, known for playing working-class roles, playing the vain, glamorous Lorraine Sheldon.
  • What Could Have Been: Bette Davis convinced Warner Brothers to buy the film rights to the play as a vehicle for John Barrymore, but his alcoholism had left him too ill.


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