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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
Johnny Mitchell ...
Earl 'Slim' Clark
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Mrs. Grace Wingate
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Kate Otley
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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
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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)  »

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Hulluuden huippu  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was William Conrad's acting debut. See more »

Quotes

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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How Many Hearts Have You Broken (With Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
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Music by Al Kaufman
Played when Jean and Slim dance at the Tavern
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Unheralded Screwball Comedy
3 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film hasn't been put on VHS or DVD. I saw it on the Turner Classic Movie channel in early July, 2007. What starts out to be a rather predictable wartime "B" light comedy, emerges shortly as a full-blown screwball comedy of the most delightful sort. Ida Lupino, of all people,shows that she can do comedy as well as Carol Lombard. After her years at Columbia, Warner Brothers finally discovered her broad acting talent. (Would that Columbia and MGM had discovered the comedic abilities of Lucille Ball decades earlier.) This low-budget gem, based on a play, reveals quite a bit about wartime America's economy and socio-economic structure. But mostly it's about a romantic entanglement and mistaken identity, two much-used devices that need first rate acting to pull off. Here, it happens. Even Sidney Greenstreet manages his atypical role in an impressive way. I don't know why the producers decided to insert a meaningless nightclub scene featuring two minutes of Louis Armstrong "and his orchestra," but perhaps this was just a way to attract more viewers. By the way, this is one of Willy Best's best films. He was finally given something to do in a movie that didn't involve Charlie Chan. Paul Harvey and William Prince also handled their roles admirably. In short, this is a long- forgotten winner.


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