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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)


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?


"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 »


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 »


Jean Howard: Love is a beautiful thing.
Lieut. Don Mallory: I get two hours of it every Saturday night at a movie. That's enough for me.
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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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Mild WWII Comedy
4 April 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Mildly amusing wartime programmer about housing shortage for service couples. Jean (Lupino) finagles an army officer (Prince) to pose as her husband so she can get restricted housing in a motel court. Naturally, "who sleeps where" type complications ensue as they work to keep up appearances. The pace picks up as the difficulties mount, ending finally in madcap farce.

The cast tries hard to make familiar material for the time work. Still, seams do show, especially with Lupino's sometimes over-eager performance. Clearly, she's anxious to show she's as good at comedy as she is at dramatics. Then too, when movie buffs think Greenstreet, comedy doesn't come to mind. But here he plays an unlikely over-weight colonel to pretty good effect. (Note how the script deals with this fudging of army fitness standards.)

The colorful mix of supporting characters includes a mischievous little Robert Blake, a busybody Ruth Donnelly, a bug-eyed Willy Best, and an addled Stuart Erwin. Together, they manage to keep the chuckles coming. The movie, however, doesn't rise to the first rank, perhaps because the elements don't blend into a seamless whole—you can almost see the characters and situations being assembled. Nonetheless, it's a generally entertaining glimpse into what titillated audiences coming out of the big war.

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