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Pillow to Post (1945)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 June 1945 (USA)
With a war on and most men being drafted, Howard Oil Supply Company has no salesmen left. So daughter Jean hits the road and does not make one sale. She finally gets one tentative sale with... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Charles Hoffman (screenplay), Rose Simon Kohn (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Jean Howard
Sydney Greenstreet ... Colonel Michael Otley
William Prince ... Lieutenant Don Mallory
Stuart Erwin ... Captain Jack Ross
Johnny Mitchell ... Earl 'Slim' Clark
Ruth Donnelly ... Mrs. Grace Wingate
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Kate Otley
Frank Orth ... Clayfield Taxi Driver
Regina Wallace Regina Wallace ... Mrs. Mallory, Don's Mother
Willie Best ... Lucille, Colonial Auto Court Porter
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ... Themselves at the Tavern
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis Armstrong ... Orchestra Leader
Marie Blake ... Wilbur's Mother (scenes deleted)
Bob Crosby ... Clarence Wilson (scenes deleted)
Ferdinand Munier Ferdinand Munier ... Traveling Salesman (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

With a war on and most men being drafted, Howard Oil Supply Company has no salesmen left. So daughter Jean hits the road and does not make one sale. She finally gets one tentative sale with the Black Hills Oil Co., but Earl wants dinner with her. With the shortage of housing due to the war, Jean needs a military husband to get a place to stay in Clayfield, which is next to Camp Clay. She gets Lt. Mallory to act as her husband just to register. Then things go wrong as his commanding officer is there and believes them to be married. It gets worse as Don's mother shows up and then Jean's father. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hulluuden huippu See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was William Conrad's acting debut. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film as Don starts to go after Jean, as the camera tracks him, its moving shadow falls across the back of someone standing in the foreground. See more »

Quotes

Lieut. Don Mallory: [Seeing Jean in a skimpy nightgown] Holy mackerel!
Jean Howard: What are you staring at?
Lieut. Don Mallory: Is that a special outfit for brushing your teeth?
Jean Howard: It happens to be the latest thing in night-ware.
Lieut. Don Mallory: Oh... I suppose it gives you more freedom?
Jean Howard: Well, that's what we're fighting for, isn't it?
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Soundtracks

Whatcha Say?
(1945) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Performed by Dorothy Dandridge with Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra at the Tavern
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A cute little wartime comedy
29 March 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ida Lupino stars as a saleslady working for her father's company. As it was during WWII, women were assuming many jobs held by men and Ida does this to help out with the war effort. However, she turns out to be pretty bad at sales and by the time she gets to one remote location, she's desperate. But things only get worse, as there is a military base nearby and so there are no spare hotel rooms. On a lark, she checks into a motel designated for spouses of servicemen. However, she's single and lies to get the room--and unless she wants to get tossed out, she'll have to find some guy to pose as her husband. The unsuspecting shmoe is a young lieutenant (William Prince)--whose nice gesture completely blows up in his face. And now, they are stuck together--otherwise the Lieutenant will be in serious trouble with his Colonel. Can all this be straightened out and Lupino and Prince avoid serious consequences?

This is a nice screwy comedy that was pretty timely--as there was a severe housing shorting during the war. In many ways, the theme is reminiscent of the wonderful comedy "The More the Merrier"--though this latter film is much more of a classic. "Pillow to Post", on the other hand, is rather slight...enjoyable but slight.

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