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Without Reservations (1946)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  13 May 1946 (USA)
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Kit Madden is traveling to Hollywood, where her best-selling novel is to be filmed. Aboard the train, she encounters Marines Rusty and Dink, who don't know she is the author of the famous ... See full summary »

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Dink
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Connie
Phil Brown ...
Soldier
Frank Puglia ...
Ortega
Thurston Hall ...
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Dona Drake ...
Dolores
Fernando Alvarado ...
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Charles Arnt ...
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Louella Parsons ...
Louella Parsons (as Miss Louella Parsons)
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Kit Madden is traveling to Hollywood, where her best-selling novel is to be filmed. Aboard the train, she encounters Marines Rusty and Dink, who don't know she is the author of the famous book, and who don't think much of the ideas it proposes. She and Rusty are greatly attracted, but she doesn't know how to deal with his disdain for the book's author. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Claudette on a Pullman without a ticket...He-man Wayne aboard without a care!...Laugh-power setting for the screen's most sparkling gem of excitingly amorous adventure! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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13 May 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Thanks God, I'll Take It from Here  »

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$1,683,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 26, 1946 with Claudette Colbert reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

The "newsreel" shows a man in a hole in the sidewalk with a shovel clearly too big for him to have used to dig the hole. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Claudette Colbert (1962) See more »

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The Duke is a natural in this comedy
4 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, John Wayne can act. He also can do comedy very well. And when paired with Claudette Colbert in a film with an interesting plot and script, the Duke delivers first rate entertainment that tickles the funny bone. This isn't side-splitting laughter, but a movie with lots of smiles and chuckles.

In "Without Reservations," Wayne rides "tall in the saddle" without ever going near a horse. He doesn't have to brandish a six-shooter, get into a bar brawl, or lead a charge of troops in war. All it takes is a decent script, as he had in each of the few comedies he was in, starting with "His Private Secretary" in 1933. Others, were "A Lady Takes a Chance" in 1943, "Donovan's Reef" in 1963, and "North to Alaska" in 1968.

The plot, script and settings for "Reservations" all are excellent. The story is a gas from the get-go. And the main characters, with a fine supporting cast, carry it off as though it were a real tale caught on candid camera. That's how natural it seemed to be to this viewer. Again, a good script and such quality co-stars as Claudette Colbert, make a success formula for a John Wayne comedy.

The entire cast in this film clearly enjoyed working on this movie. Wayne made some 200 movies in his lifetime. Though he was most known for his Westerns and military roles, he played a variety or roles including dramas, mystery-action, and comedies. I think he was good to excellent in most of those. It's too bad he didn't do a few more comedies where he seems more natural and at ease.


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