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Standing Room Only (1944 film)

Standing Room Only is a 1944 American comedy film directed by Sidney Lanfield and starring Fred MacMurray and Paulette Goddard.

Standing Room Only
Directed bySidney Lanfield
Produced byBuddy DeSylva
Written byDarrell Ware
Karl Tunberg
StarringFred MacMurray
Paulette Goddard
Music byRobert Emmett Dolan
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byWilliam Shea
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


Working on the assembly line at the Todd toy manufacturing company, Jane Rogers makes a mistake and is called before company general manager Lee Stevens, a man she has admired from afar. Lee's secretary is fired, at the request of his sweetheart Alice, daughter of factory owner T. J. Todd.

Jane talks her way into the job, pretending to have secretarial skills. Lee is leaving for Washington, D.C., in an effort to save the company from financial ruin. He intends to see government official Glen Ritchie there and propose the Todd factory be used in the war effort.

Jane does everything wrong. She cancels their hotel reservation and the whole town is booked solid. She and Lee end up sleeping outdoors. Ritchie isn't able to see Lee two days in a row, so Jane, under orders to get them any kind of room, makes a deal to stay with Ira Cromwell and his wife, but only by becoming their servants.

Lee is aghast at the idea but desperate to see Ritchie so forced to stay in town. The accident-prone Jane continues to cause problems, forgetting to cook the turkey for the Cromwells' dinner party. One night their guest turns out to be Ritchie, and to further complicate matters, Todd and daughter Alice turn up, too. Dinner is a fiasco, but Ritchie agrees to give the toy factory a government contract and by now Jane and Lee are in love.


Radio adaptationEdit

Standing Room Only was presented on Broadway Playhouse November 23, 1952. The 30-minute adaptation starred Goddard.[1]

Presented on "Lux Radio Theatre" October 30th, 1944. Starred Goddard and MacMurray.


  1. ^ Kirby, Walter (November 23, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved June 16, 2015 – via  

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