I just read the most wonderful, detailed, discussion of The More the Merrier at Another Old Movie Blog. As you can probably tell from my blog’s header, The More the Merrier is one of my favorite movies, and one I’m always trying to talk other people into watching.
So much so that when the grocery store had copies of it for sale, displayed side-by-side with lots of terrible old ’80s movies and sure to be ignored by 99.9% of my fellow Kroger shoppers, I was seriously tempted to buy the DVDs myself just to give them a good home. Ha! Really though, then I’d have extra copies to thrust at unsuspecting friends and family members, telling them to just watch it already.
Anyway, do check out the write-up on Another Old Movie Blog, preferably after having watched the film. The post’s focus is not only on the comic and romantic plot points and the brilliant performances by Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn and Joel McCrea, but also on the World War II homefront setting of the movie. Housing shortages, eligible man shortages, gasoline rationing, the bittersweet poignancy of wartime romance — it’s all there.
As great as the post is, I think my favorite part is this screencap of Joel McCrea. I’m such a shallow person.