Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Sunday Salon: Watching George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Why oh why oh why oh why hasn't anyone put this on DVD yet?! Seriously?! This black and white comedy from 1942 is SO SO SO good. It stars Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan as Bill and Connie Fuller. (Hattie McDaniel plays their maid; you'd probably recognize her from her role in Gone With The Wind. Joyce Reynolds plays Connie's younger sister; I recognized her from Wallflower which I reviewed earlier this year. And if you've watched many classic comedies, you'd probably recognize Percy Kilbride of Pa Kettle fame.) This wife "surprises" her husband by buying a "historic" house--a house that George Washington supposedly slept in during Revolutionary times. The house doesn't have water--no well, the well has gone dry. The kitchen is even missing a wall. There are no bathrooms, no closets, and the flooring of the upstairs, well, let's just say that Jack Benny takes more than a few falls. The movie is all about the couple's attempt to fix this house up and make it a true home. Will they succeed?! Or will it cost them everything they have and then some?!

Watch George Washington Slept Here
  • If you're fortunate to catch it when it's on TV. In a perfect world, it would be available on DVD. It's definitely DVD worthy, in my opinion.
  • If you enjoy classic comedies, black and white films
  • If you're a fan of Jack Benny
  • If you're a fan of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

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Olene Quinn 11:27 AM  

This really is a cute film and I'm surprised more people haven't heard of it.

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