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The Man Who Came To Dinner
One of Morrissey's favourite films - via NME interview (1983):
[Morrissey - "Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer"]
Also contains the lines that were potentially a lyrical influence for Cemetry Gates:
"All those people, all those lives, where are they now ? Here was a woman who once lived and loved, full of the same passions, fears, jealousies, hates. And what remains of it now ... I want to cry."
The character name in this film: "Sheridan Whiteside" was use by Morrissey as an early pen name (pre-Smiths) and features three times as a vinyl matrix message on:
- "MURDER AT THE WOOL HALL" (x) STARRING SHERIDAN WHITESIDE on I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
- "THE RETURN OF THE SUBMISSIVE SOCIETY" (x) STARRING SHERIDAN WHITESIDE on Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me A-side
- "THE BIZARRE ORIENTAL VIBRATING PALM DEATH" (x) STARRING SHERIDAN WHITESIDE on Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me B-side
The Man Who Came to Dinner is a comedy play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. It debuted on October 16, 1939, at the Music Box Theatre in New York City, where it ran until 1941, closing after 739 performances. It then enjoyed a number of New York and London revivals. The first London production was staged at The Savoy Theatre starring Robert Morley and Coral Browne. In 1990, Browne stated in a televised biographical interview, broadcast on UK Channel 4 (entitled Caviar to the General), that she bought the rights to the play, borrowing money from her dentist to do so. When she died, her will revealed that she had received royalties for all future productions and adaptations.