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In the Meantime, Darling (1944)

A young bride who comes from a rich family has a hard time adjusting to life in a boarding house with other soldiers and their wives. Her spoiled ways cause resentment from the other wives ... See full summary »

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A young bride who comes from a rich family has a hard time adjusting to life in a boarding house with other soldiers and their wives. Her spoiled ways cause resentment from the other wives and problems with her husband. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A gay and tender story of G.I. love!

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In interviews Jeanne Crain alleged that Eugene Pallette was not only a bigot who refused to share a table with black cast member Clarence Muse, but an admirer of Adolf Hitler as well. Due to the controversy Pallette was fired from the production, with his character downsized to accommodate scenes already completed. See more »

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Ten Days With Baby
From the film Sweet and Low-Down (1944)
Music by James V. Monaco and Mack Gordon
Plays when the boys are returning from base on Maggie's first night at the Craig Hotel.
("In the Meantime Darling" originally played as a second feature with "Sweet and Lowdown")
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Slight drama about temporary housing for military couples in WWII
18 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

This slight drama rather reminds me of the much more entertaining "Something for the Boys", also released by Fox in '44. That film clearly could be labeled a musical comedy, as there was plenty of both. In this film, there is a minimum of both. The chief bit of comedy comes from Jeanne Crane, as Maggie, making a total mess of her first attempt to prepare baby formula, highlighting her general lack of experience in home economics, despite having a college degree. She's used to servants doing these things. Then, there's the false rumor that she is pregnant, that she has to deal with.

This was the film debut for Gale Robbins. Gale had been a singer in various bands. She would be sparingly used by Hollywood, seldom with a major part, as in this film. Sometimes, as in this film, she would get to sing a song. Given her beauty, singing and acting ability, it's a wonder she didn't become a major star. Instead,she was often cast as 'the other woman'.

Information from another site indicates that there were many changes to the screenplay, even as filming proceeded, suggesting dissatisfaction. Veteran character actor Eugene Palette, who played Jeanne's father, was fired part way through, for pro-German utterances, and racial slurs. The film does give us some idea of the stressful conditions which many married military couples went through, forced to live in substandard temporary housing, until their next assignment.

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