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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
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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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