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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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Jack Benny: as himself. About 15 or so minutes in, when Christopher (Kit) Madden (Claudette Colbert) is in the train station, Jack approaches her and asks her if she is Christoper Madden and when she says yes, he asks her to autograph the book she is holding (which she wrote) and asks her to make it out to Jack Benny. He first approaches with is back to the camera, so it's impossible to see who he is, but when he speaks, his voice is immediately recognizable. He then self-identifies to verify the viewer's suspicions, but not until she signs the book and moves on does he turn around and face the camera for the final verification. See more »
When Dink first starts fixing the car in the rain, he is wearing a normal military hat, but when Rusty calls him to come back to talk to the driver, he is wearing a German helmet. See more »
Have you heard of some fellas, who first came over to this country? You know what they found? They found a howling wilderness, with summers to hot, and winters freezing. Did they have insurance for their old age, for their crops, for their homes? They did not. They looked at the land and the forest and the rivers they looked at their wives, their kids, and their houses. Then they looked up at the sky and said thanks God, we'll take it from here. They were men!
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It is surprising how inane this comedy is when one considers quality of the leading actors. In a real sense, this movie is emblematic of those who thought life would return to "normal" upon the completion of World War Two. In fact, at one point in the film, Rusty Thomas (John Wayne) says to Kit Madden (Claudette Colbert): "Why don't you just stop thinking?" Rusty, like so many servicemen in 1945, returned to a country which had changed enormously, including, as in this film, the role of women in society. Kit's proper name is Christopher! And her character is that of a professional woman. John Wayne's role is that of the boy-pilot. He is "big and strong," as the Mexican lad (Fernando Alvarado) notes. As a returning pilot, Rusty knows how to fly, but he still seems like a recent high school graduate. War has not prepared him, or many real veterans, for the new America--and neither was Hollywood prepared, it seems. The movie overflows with sexism and non-essential trivia in the "across the country in a car" format. Yet, Colbert manages to squeeze all she can out of her character, Wayne seems to do not as much. In a curiosity, this is one of the few major films where John Wayne's presence on the screen does not dominate, and it is actually overpowered by that of Colbert. It is strange to see the character of Rusty fade into a weakness given Wayne's exceptional talents. In the final analysis, chalk one up for Claudette Colbert. "Without Reservations" is recommended without reservation.
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