The More the Merrier. 1943. USA. Directed by George Stevens. 104 min.
Screenplay by Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster, from a story by Russell and Ross. With Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines, Bruce Bennett. The wartime housing shortage in Washington, D.C., forces government worker Jean Arthur to share her small Georgetown apartment with McCrea, an army officer awaiting reassignment, and Charles Coburn, a cantankerous consultant who acts both as chaperone (for the Production Code) and Cupid (for the rest of us) to the young couple. McCrea’s easygoing delivery finds directorial reinforcement from George Stevens, who allows whole scenes (including the famous front stoop seduction) to ramble on with happy abandon.