George Washington Slept Here ★★★★

Jack Benny likes his apartment in the city, but wife Ann Sheridan prefers a home in the country. Sheridan buys a historic, but dilapidated, farmhouse. She thinks that George Washington slept in it, but her neighbor tells her that the visitor was probably Benedict Arnold.

The unpainted house has weak floors a leaky roof, and lacks indoor plumbing. A creek some distance away is the nearest water source. Water has to be carried in pails. Benny has to drive cross country to commute to his job in the city. The handyman, Percy Kilbride, has a never-ending list of necessary items that always end up costing more than originally estimated.

Rich uncle Charles Coburn comes to visit, expecting to receive special attention.

Finally Jack and Ann have the house fixed up. However, they have run out of money to pay the mortgage. Foreclosure looms. Uncle Coburn turns out to be a penniless sponger. He cannot help them. Just when everything seems hopeless, a discovery in the yard turns out to be a valuable letter written by George Washington, who did sleep there.

The screen version of a 1940 play by Kaufman and Hart is a good vehicle for Jack Benny, as an exasperated husband. Ann Sheridan pairs well with him. Percy Kilbride, who was in the original play, could not be replaced as a deadpan version of a down east yankee

Not a classic film, but very good.

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