He Stayed for Breakfast

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He Stayed for Breakfast
Directed byAlexander Hall
Produced byB. P. Schulberg
Written byP. J. Wolfson
Ernest Vajda
Michael Fessier
Sidney Howard (adaptation)
Based onthe 1934 play Ode to Liberty
by Michel Duran
StarringLoretta Young
Melvyn Douglas
Music byWerner R. Heymann
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Edited byViola Lawrence
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 31, 1940 (1940-08-31) (New York City)
Running time
86-89 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.



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]


  1. ^ Bosley Crowther (August 31, 1940). "The Screen; Melvyn Douglas and Loretta Young in a Satire on Communism, at the Roxy Theatre". The New York Times.

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