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Without Love (1945)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  May 1945 (USA)
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In World War II Washington DC, Jamie Rowan, enters a loveless marriage with scientist Pat Jamieson and becomes his assistant. Struggles bring them closer together.

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Jamie Rowan
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Kitty Trimble
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Quentin Ladd
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Paul Carrell
Patricia Morison ...
Edwina Collins
Felix Bressart ...
Prof. Ginza
Emily Massey ...
Anna
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Flower Girl
George Davis ...
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George Chandler ...
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Clancy Cooper ...
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In WWII Pat Jamieson is a scientist working, with Government support, on a high-altitude oxygen mask for fighter pilots. But he has nowhere to conduct his research in secret until he meets Jamie Rowan, a woman with an unused house with a scientist's basement. Jamie has no hopes of marrying for love (and neither does Pat) but Jamie wants to help the war effort and she likes this quirky scientist and his dog, so to satisfy the proprieties they agree on a business arrangement: a marriage of convenience and partnership. They happily work on oxygen mixes instead of honeymooning. But as the footing of their relationship begins warm up, Jamie is courted by another man and the old flame that broke Pat's heart is back in his life. It will take a sleepwalking ruse, dodging in and out of doors, and a working oxygen mask to get them together again. Written by Kathy Li

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A GAY...ROMANTIC FUN-FEST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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May 1945 (USA)  »

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Sem Amor  »

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This was an adaptation of a Broadway play starring Katharine Hepburn. The stage production opened at the St. James Theatre in New York on Nov. 10, 1942 and ran for 113 performances. See more »

Goofs

Just prior to Pat Jamieson blacking out in the test of his oxygen mask, he says, "Jamie. Jamie." The next line, "We made it," was dubbed in later - his lips don't move. See more »

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Jamie Rowan: I nearly did Pat.
Pat Jamieson: Nearly did what?
Jamie Rowan: Fall.
Pat Jamieson: For Paul? Ridiculous.
Jamie Rowan: I know but it's true.
Pat Jamieson: Ah, nonsense. You're not the falling type. You're like the Tower of Pisa. You may have certain leanings but you always remain upright.
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Clair de Lune
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Music by Claude Debussy
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Lesser known Tracy-Hepburn vehicle by Philip Barry...
7 August 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

WITHOUT LOVE is such an uneven film--some of it is quite inspired--but it's safe to say that there are a few scenes that make it worth watching even if it is a bit overlong in getting to its inevitable conclusion. Hepburn and Tracy are at their most polished as romantic partners. The subplot is handled with skill by Lucille Ball and Keenan Wynn (who does a great drunken bit) and fans of Tracy and Hepburn won't be disappointed in their handling of rather unusual roles.

Hepburn has never been one of my particular favorites--I find her mannerisms are a turn-off by the time any film starring her has gone beyond fifteen minutes--but here she is actually showing a warmth, tenderness and vulnerability that she seldom really showed in any of her more well-known comedy roles. And Tracy is so natural, you forget he is just acting.

The plot has two unlikely people who have given up love for opposite reasons actually finding out that they truly do love each other--but not until the last reel. All of their scenes are enhanced by the added device of having a dog who looks just like Toto (from the 'Wizard of Oz') steal many a scene. For added measure, Lucille Ball pops up in a brief but delightful supporting role opposite Keenan Wynn.

Hepburn is more appealing here than she was as the stuck-up heroine of THE PHILADELPHIA STORY and the story, although predictable, has some very unusual touches that make it well worth watching, especially if you're fans of Hepburn or Tracy.

Patricia Morison has a thankless supporting role and Gloria Grahame has a brief bit as a flower girl allergic to flowers in a nightclub scene.




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