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He Stayed for Breakfast

He Stayed for Breakfast is a 1940 romantic comedy film starring Loretta Young and Melvyn Douglas and directed by Alexander Hall. A Communist working in Paris attempts to assassinate a banker, then hides out in the apartment of the banker's estranged wife.

He Stayed for Breakfast
Directed by Alexander Hall
Produced by B. P. Schulberg
Written by P. J. Wolfson
Ernest Vajda
Michael Fessier
Sidney Howard (adaptation)
Based on the 1934 play Ode to Liberty
by Michel Duran
Starring Loretta Young
Melvyn Douglas
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Cinematography Joseph Walker
Edited by Viola Lawrence
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 31, 1940 (1940-08-31) (New York City)
Running time
86-89 minutes
Country United States
Language English




Bosley Crowther, critic for The New York Times, dismissed He Stayed for Breakfast, writing "Mr. Hall has handled his plot with so little wit, so little comic invention, that the picture which reels off on the screen is generally labored and obvious."[1]


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