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Without Reservations (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 13 May 1946 (USA)
En route to Hollywood, an author becomes smitten with a marine, though he is unaware of her celebrity status and is critical of her best-selling novel.

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Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Andrew Solt (screenplay), Jane Allen (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Kit
John Wayne ... Rusty
Don DeFore ... Dink
Anne Triola ... Connie
Phil Brown ... Soldier
Frank Puglia ... Ortega
Thurston Hall ... Baldwin
Dona Drake ... Dolores
Fernando Alvarado ... Mexican Boy
Charles Arnt ... Salesman
Louella Parsons ... Louella Parsons (as Miss Louella Parsons)
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Storyline

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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Transcontinental Romance - Unlimited!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thanks, God, I'll Take it From Here See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,683,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 26, 1946 with Claudette Colbert reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When the three travelers go to the Ortega property, the road is a fairly steep hill that curves to the left. When they leave, they drive down a road with an "S" curve that is on nearly flat ground. See more »

Quotes

Kit: Thanks, God. I'll take it from here.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Claudette Colbert (1962) See more »

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An author meets her fictional hero in person - so she thinks
25 May 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Claudette Colbert chases a soldier "Without Reservations" in this 1946 film which also stars John Wayne, Don DeFore, and Ann Triola, with cameos by Louella Parsons, Cary Grant, Jack Benny, and Delores Moran as themselves. Colbert plays a best-selling author, Christopher Madden, who has written a book about the world post-war - it looks to be a combination of "Gone with the Wind" and "Atlas Shrugged." En route by train to Hollywood to do the screenplay, she is extremely distressed to learn that Cary Grant will not be available to do the movie version and is writing a telegram to the producer when she comes face to face with her fictional hero in the flesh. He's a soldier named Rusty (Wayne) going to San Diego with his pal, Dink (DeFore). She doesn't tell them her identity, giving her name as Kit Klatch. Kit decides she has to have Rusty star in the film so instead of boarding the train that will take her to L.A., she gets on the train going to San Diego. This leads to all sorts of adventures for the threesome, and it's obvious that Kit and Rusty, despite very opposing political views, have fallen in love.

Colbert is delightful as usual, and DeFore, kind of a Jack Carson type, is always pleasant to watch. The surprise for some will be John Wayne who's not riding a horse or wearing a cowboy hat. Frankly, this writer has always preferred him that way. I'm not a particular fan of westerns, and the plainclothes Wayne seems handsomer and less stiff somehow. He's playing the role of someone whose beliefs are close to his own in real life, i.e., somewhere to the left of Genghis Khan, while the Colbert character is a socialist. Tall and handsome, he does the romantic scenes well; one wishes he'd stayed out of the saddle more often.

This is a light, fun comedy that takes place in a world that, like Kit, doesn't quite know which direction to take post-World War II. Sixty-one years later, we still haven't figured it out, and "Without Reservations" remains an entertaining film.


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