Without Reservations (1946)

Approved  |   |  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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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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Release Date:

13 May 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Thanks God, I'll Take It from Here  »

Box Office


$1,683,000 (estimated)

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


There is a mistaken conception that the man in the opening newsreel of the film is digging a hole. Coal is spread around on the ground all around the circular man hole that the man is standing in. And a man hole cover can be seen off to the side behind him. Back in the day coal was used to heat building. And in some cases it dumped outside and then shoveled into the a coal bin in the basement of the building. See more »


Rusty: 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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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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