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Pillow to Post (1945)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 June 1945 (USA)
With a war on and most men being drafted, Howard Oil Supply Company has no salesmen left. So daughter Jean hits the road and does not make one sale. She finally gets one tentative sale with... See full summary »

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Lieutenant Don Mallory
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Captain Jack Ross
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Earl 'Slim' Clark
Ruth Donnelly ...
Mrs. Grace Wingate
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Kate Otley
Frank Orth ...
Clayfield Taxi Driver
Regina Wallace ...
Mrs. Mallory, Don's Mother
Willie Best ...
Lucille, Colonial Auto Court Porter
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ...
Themselves at the Tavern
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Wilbur's Mother (scenes deleted)
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Clarence Wilson (scenes deleted)
Ferdinand Munier ...
Traveling Salesman (scenes deleted)
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With a war on and most men being drafted, Howard Oil Supply Company has no salesmen left. So daughter Jean hits the road and does not make one sale. She finally gets one tentative sale with the Black Hills Oil Co., but Earl wants dinner with her. With the shortage of housing due to the war, Jean needs a military husband to get a place to stay in Clayfield, which is next to Camp Clay. She gets Lt. Mallory to act as her husband just to register. Then things go wrong as his commanding officer is there and believes them to be married. It gets worse as Don's mother shows up and then Jean's father. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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9 June 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hulluuden huippu  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Monday, December 31st, 1945 with Ida Lupino reprising her film role. See more »

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Lucille, Colonial Auto Court Porter: SNAFU. That's what it is. SNAFU.
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Whatcha Say?
(1945) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Performed by Dorothy Dandridge with Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra at the Tavern
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A cute little wartime comedy
29 March 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ida Lupino stars as a saleslady working for her father's company. As it was during WWII, women were assuming many jobs held by men and Ida does this to help out with the war effort. However, she turns out to be pretty bad at sales and by the time she gets to one remote location, she's desperate. But things only get worse, as there is a military base nearby and so there are no spare hotel rooms. On a lark, she checks into a motel designated for spouses of servicemen. However, she's single and lies to get the room--and unless she wants to get tossed out, she'll have to find some guy to pose as her husband. The unsuspecting shmoe is a young lieutenant (William Prince)--whose nice gesture completely blows up in his face. And now, they are stuck together--otherwise the Lieutenant will be in serious trouble with his Colonel. Can all this be straightened out and Lupino and Prince avoid serious consequences?

This is a nice screwy comedy that was pretty timely--as there was a severe housing shorting during the war. In many ways, the theme is reminiscent of the wonderful comedy "The More the Merrier"--though this latter film is much more of a classic. "Pillow to Post", on the other hand, is rather slight...enjoyable but slight.

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