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A New York Times article dated April 26, 1942 reports that in order to create the dilapidated Bucks County, PA farmhouse, demolition crews knocked out bannisters, rafters and plaster on the $8,000 set for the Warner Bros. film Arsenic and Old Lace (released in 1944 but filmed in 1941, ). The article goes on to list the differences between the play George Washington Slept Here and the film: In the film the lead characters are younger, the wife rather than the husband admires antiques, the couple's daughter becomes the wife's sister and she does not actually elope with the married actor. The article also reports that there was to be a dream sequence in which Ann Sheridan would appear as Martha Washington and Jack Benny would appear as George Washington.
       Press releases included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library announce that Philip G. and Julius J. Epstein were assigned to write the screenplay and that Olivia De Havilland was initially cast as Benny's wife. The National Screen Council voted George Washington Slept Here the best picture for the entire family for the month of December 1942. Max Parker, Mark-Lee Kirk and Casey Roberts were nominated for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration in a Black and White film.