My 150 Favorite Movies - #59
The cutest "meet cute" that there ever was in the movies, in which Jean Arthur sublets half her apartment to housing specialist Charles Coburn during the wartime housing shortage in Washington D.C. He, in turn, sublets his half to young and handsome Joel McCrea, who needs a place to stay before being shipped overseas. That's essentially the entire plot of The More the Merrier, a sweet little movie with no shortage of charm. This was the last film directed by George Stevens before he entered the armed forces. Charles Coburn won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Best line: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"