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Rationing (1944)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilfred Ball
Dorothy Tuttle
Cash Riddle
Mrs. Porter
Tommy Batten ...
Lance Barton
Miss McCue
Sen. Edward A. White
Richard Hall ...
Ezra Weeks
Mr. Morgan
Dixie Samson
Bus Driver (scenes deleted)


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Release Date:

24 March 1944 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Sunday 14 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Cincinnati 10 August 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), in Chicago 20 September 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 23 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 7 October 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Norfolk VA 24 October 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Baltimore 8 January 1958 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Honolulu 19 January 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13), and in Indianapolis 26 April 1958 on WLW-I (Channel 13); in San Francisco it finally aired 10 May 1960 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City 29 August 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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A Dull Production
17 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Wallace Beery stars in this World War Two comedy programmer from MGM. It sort of starts out like W.C. Fields' IT'S A GIFT and continues on using Beery's aw-shucks blowhard dealing with the problems of the home front during World War Two: rationing and Marjorie Main.

The movie is carried on Beery's charm, which is considerable. Despite the MGM gloss and re-takes by Beery's THE CHAMP director, Norman Taurog, it's never more than good and may be too much for a modern viewer.

Aside from Beery, there isn't much star power here. The director is Willis Goldbeck, who never got that far out of the MGM shorts department before returning to writing -- for John Ford, which is not negligible. The producer is Orville Dull, surely not the most auspicious name for a producer, who mostly produced other programmers and sequels for MGM. He did win an Oscar for producing 1948s THE SECRET LAND, though.

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