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Practically Yours (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 December 1944 (USA)
In this screwball comedy a WW2 US pilot bombs a Japanese aircraft carrier, is assumed to be dead, and then is misquoted in the press as fondly remembering his days back home walking his dog... See full summary »

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Mitchell Leisen

Writer:

Norman Krasna
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Cast

Cast overview:
Claudette Colbert ... Peggy Martin
Fred MacMurray ... Daniel Bellamy
Gil Lamb ... Albert W. Beagell
Cecil Kellaway ... Marvin P. Meglin
Robert Benchley ... Judge Robert Simpson
Tom Powers ... Commander Harry Harpe
Jane Frazee ... Jane Frazee - Vocalist
Rosemary DeCamp ... Ellen Macy
Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Meglin
Mikhail Rasumny ... LaCrosse
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In this screwball comedy a WW2 US pilot bombs a Japanese aircraft carrier, is assumed to be dead, and then is misquoted in the press as fondly remembering his days back home walking his dog Piggy. Instead of his dog Piggy he is thought to be in love with Peggy, a girl he worked with. The usual farce ensues after he returns home alive and tries to play along with the mistake to save embarrassment for all. Written by pirateking

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorável Engano See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Albert W. Beagell: I think I owe my pleasant disposition as much to stewed prunes as anything else.
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References Clive of India (1935) See more »

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I Knew It Would Be This Way
Written by Sam Coslow
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Flat mistaken identity romance comedy
3 May 2008 | by allans-7See all my reviews

It is hard to describe Practically Yours without giving too much of the plot away. As I am the fist to make comments I don't want to do that. Let's just say it is a mistaken identity romance / comedy between Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, arising from a misunderstanding of Fred's words as he is flying possibly his last mission as a navy pilot.

Directed by Mitchell Leisen, it is not one of his, Fred's or Claudette's better efforts. I would largely blame the script for this - it is not funny, dramatic and ultimately believable enough. Claudette is too old for her role, and Fred is often unlikeable. But not as unlikeable as Gil Lamb who plays Claudette's suitor. Also it seems a lot of the movie is set indoors at night which somehow reduces any sparkle and lightness it might have.

There are however a couple of good moments. One that particularly stands out is in a cinema where Fred gets punched out for making critical remarks about a newsreel showing his own bravery. The scenes with Rosemary DeCamp, whose husband is away at war, are good as well.

Love to know what other people think...............


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