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Release Date:
24 March 1944 (USA) See more »
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Dated, but very funny See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Wallace Beery ... Ben Barton

Marjorie Main ... Iris Tuttle

Donald Meek ... Wilfred Ball
Dorothy Morris ... Dorothy Tuttle

Howard Freeman ... Cash Riddle
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Porter
Tommy Batten ... Lance Barton

Gloria Dickson ... Miss McCue
Henry O'Neill ... Sen. Edward A. White
Richard Hall ... Teddy

Charles Halton ... Ezra Weeks

Morris Ankrum ... Mr. Morgan

Douglas Fowley ... Dixie Samson

Chester Clute ... Roberts

Chill Wills ... Bus Driver (scenes deleted)
Carol Ann Beery ... Carol Ann

Arthur Space ... Leafy
Milton Parsons ... Hank
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erville Alderson ... Gil (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Arthur Belasco ... Barbershop Customer (uncredited)

Hazel Brooks ... Information Girl (uncredited)

Don Costello ... Ace (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Joady Peckham (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Woman in Senator's Office (uncredited)

Natalie Draper ... Information Girl (uncredited)
Pearl Early ... Customer (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Beachman (uncredited)
Mary Jane French ... Information Girl (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Barbershop Customer (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Greenie (uncredited)
Suzanne Kaaren ... Information Girl (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Wright (uncredited)
Edward Kilroy ... Minister (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Man in Senator's Office (uncredited)
Kay Medford ... Information Girl (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Sheriff McGuiness (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Townswoman (uncredited)
June Pickerell ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Walter Soderling ... Travers (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Smith (uncredited)
Kay Williams ... Information Girl (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Man at Wedding (uncredited)

Directed by
Willis Goldbeck 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Grant Garett  (as Grant Garrett)
Robert E. Hopkins  uncredited
William R. Lipman 
Harry Ruskin 

Produced by
Orville O. Dull .... producer
Original Music by
David Snell 
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (uncredited)
Sol Kaplan (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Sidney Wagner 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
Art Direction by
Howard Campbell 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Glen Barner 
Edwin B. Willis 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfred Raboch .... assistant director (as Al Raboch)
Sound Department
Bill Edmondson .... sound (as William R. Edmondson)
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Other crew
Norman Taurog .... director: re-takes

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USA:93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Dated, but very funny, 17 August 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

MGM teamed Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main for a nice if dated comedy about Rationing during the World War II home front years. The two are bitter enemies since the first war when fate kept them apart. But now they have a son and daughter respectively who are taking up where the parents might have left off.

First and foremost the film is about Rationing and in her local town Marjorie Main is the head of the Office Of Price Administration Board and Beery is a grocery store owner drowning in forms and regulations concerning what and how much he can sell to his customers. When I say that the film is dated I mean that a lot of the jokes about the color codes and ration points would not be gotten at all by today's audience. Even with that Beery's and Main's comedy is still eternal.

The Truman administration wanted to keep the Office of Price Administration around post war. But the demands of the public who was fed up with what you see in Rationing forced them to dissolve the OPA before they wished to.

Rationing also marked the farewell appearance of Gloria Dickson who died way too young and tragically in a fire. She plays the lady barber and local femme fatale of the town. Beery has a hysterically funny scene trying to retrieve a rationed girdle that fell in her hands.

Rationing though its inside humor is lost, still is a very funny film showing Beery and Main to their best advantage.

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