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Pillow to Post (1945)

 -  Comedy  -  9 June 1945 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Colonel Michael Otley
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Lieutenant Don Mallory
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Captain Jack Ross
Johnny Mitchell ...
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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Orchestra Leader
Marie Blake ...
Wilbur's Mother (scenes deleted)
Bob Crosby ...
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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saleswoman | based on play

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9 June 1945 (USA)  »

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Hulluuden huippu  »

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

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Lucille, Colonial Auto Court Porter: Uh, General, excuse me, sir... I know it ain't none of my business, but Lt. Mallory's right, sir. He DID sleep outside.
Colonel Michael Otley: What's that?
Lucille, Colonial Auto Court Porter: I got it right here in my diary.
Colonel Michael Otley: You actually saw him?
Lucille, Colonial Auto Court Porter: Not only saw him, I almost *sat* on him. Well, you see, me and my girlfriend was out there, lookin' at the moon...
Colonel Michael Otley: [Interrupting] Are you SURE it was Lt. Mallory?
Lucille, Colonial Auto Court Porter: Oh, yes, sir. I never forget a face - especially when I've sat on it!
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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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Predictable
25 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It starts with Jean Howared (played by Ida Lupino) trying to fill in as a sales person for Howard Oil Company. She is the daughter of the owner of the company.

The problem in the movie is that she cannot make a sale or get a place to sleep with the shortage of housing during World War II. Suffice it to say that she comes up with a hair-brained scheme to finally get some sleep and at the same time attempt to make a sale.

Ida Lupino overplays the role and the director didn't know how to rein her in. This technique of making comedy out of impossible situations is done over and over in Hollywood. It works for short stretches of time but not an entire movie unless it is handled well like Jerry Lewis in The Bell Boy. This one wasn't handled well.

It probably worked at the time due to the conditions but now it seems silly. Don't look for it from Amazon or places like that. I saw it for sale from Webidz but they made it the same way you will have to create it - record it yourself on DVR, DVD or VCR from TCM. I will pass.


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