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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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Complete credited cast:
Lieutenant Don Mallory
Captain Jack Ross
Johnny Mitchell ...
Earl 'Slim' Clark
Mrs. Grace Wingate
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Kate Otley
Clayfield Taxi Driver
Regina Wallace ...
Mrs. Mallory, Don's Mother
Lucille, Colonial Auto Court Porter
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ...
Themselves at the Tavern
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Orchestra Leader
Wilbur's Mother (scenes deleted)
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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Release Date:

9 June 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hulluuden huippu  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was William Conrad's acting debut. See more »


Near the end of the film as Don starts to go after Jean, as the camera tracks him, its moving shadow falls across the back of someone standing in the foreground. See more »


Lucille, Colonial Auto Court Porter: SNAFU. That's what it is. SNAFU.
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How Many Hearts Have You Broken (With Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
Music by Al Kaufman
Played when Jean and Slim dance at the Tavern
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Entirely Different Role for Lupino
5 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is about the first comedy film that I have ever seen Ida Lupino appear in and she was fantastic. Always knew Ida was multi-talented as an actress, director and producer. In this film Lupino (Jean Howard), "The Devil's Rain",'75, appears as a young gal who wants to work in her father's oil business and decides to become a traveling sales gal, which at the time was unspeakable in that type of business. Jean has to find a proper place to sleep on her travels, and since it was war time, she decided to get hold of a Lt. in the Army who would have living quarters for wives. This lucky Lt. was portrayed by William Prince, (Lt. Don Mallory), "Nuts",'87, who unwillingly helped Jean make this a reality. Another big shock in this film is the appearance of Sydney Greenstreet,(Col. Michael Otley), "Flamingo Road",'49 and of course, the "Maltese Falcon", with Humphrey Bogart. In this role Col. Otley is Don Mallory's Commanding Officer and they live together in the housing unit. It is a very enjoyable funny film and was probably a big shocker for people in 1945, it sure takes a person way back in the PAST.

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