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I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 19 September 1949 (Sweden)
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After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screenplay), Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Captain Henri Rochard
Ann Sheridan ... 1st Lt. Catherine Gates
Marion Marshall Marion Marshall ... Lt. Kitty Lawrence
Randy Stuart ... Lt. Eloise Billings
Bill Neff Bill Neff ... Capt. Jack Ramsey (as William Neff)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
King Donovan ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Charles B. Fitzsimons Charles B. Fitzsimons ... Lt. Kelly (scenes deleted)
Robert Stevenson ... Lieutenant (scenes deleted)
Otto Waldis ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Captain Henri Rochard of France is assigned to work with First Lieutenant Catherine Gates of the U. S. Army. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Rochard tries to return to America like female war brides could under the auspices of America's 1945 War Brides Act. Zany gender-confusing antics follow. Written by Thor Thapsigargin

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WAIT TILL YOU SEE FLORENCE! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

19 September 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' I Was a Male War Bride See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,500,000, 31 December 1949
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Edward Platt. See more »

Goofs

When Rochard and Gates pull up to drive onto a small river ferry, two large river barges/boats are tied up along the shore to their left. We can see some distance with houses and building. But when the ferry reaches the opposite shore we see behind them and there are no boats or building but an open rolling plain with patches of trees. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Catherine Gates: [Rochard is holding a baby for a stranger. His wife and Kitty walk up, both laughing] Ah, Henri, you look so maternal!
Lt. Kitty Lawrence: What is that?
Capt. Henri Rochard: A human fire extinguisher. You wanna try it?
Lt. Kitty Lawrence: Oh, come on.
[takes baby andfrowns at its prodigious wetness]
Lt. Catherine Gates: Aww, he's cute. What's his name?
Capt. Henri Rochard: Niagara.
Lt. Kitty Lawrence: [shaking hand dry] Henri, what a thing to do.
Lt. Catherine Gates: Where's the mother?
Capt. Henri Rochard: She went to get *more* water.
[...]
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This Is the Army, Mr. Jones
(1943) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Played during opening credits
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A Blushing Bride
14 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In doing this film Howard Hawks was greatly influenced by his own Bringing Up Baby. Certainly Cary Grant had never been that henpecked on the screen since that classic film. And Ann Sheridan's WAC character was certainly based on Katharine Hepburn's in Bringing Up Baby. I wouldn't be surprised if this film wasn't originally offered to Hepburn.

I Was a Male War Bride divides neatly in two parts. In fact I'm convinced that a great deal was eliminated from the beginning because the film seems to start in the middle of the story. When it begins Sheridan, a member of the U.S. Women's Army Corps and Grant a French Army officer already know each other and well. Sheridan pushes Grant around the same way Hepburn did in Bringing Up Baby. After a whole lot of verbal banter with Sheridan taking the lead in it, they decide they're in love and want to be married.

But we're dealing with the army and there is a law about American soldiers taking foreign brides while on occupation duty. But no one had the foresight to realize that WACS may find husbands as well. The second half of the film are the frustrations in dealing with all the red tape.

It may seem ridiculous, but we're not only dealing with bureaucratic minds, but military bureaucratic minds. That mindset operates in every army on the planet. What's obvious to us, these folks can't or won't grasp.

Sheridan and Grant team well together. There are no other good secondary characters developed, most of the time it's Grant and Sheridan on the screen together. Sheridan does admirably as a Katharine Hepburn substitute.

You see I Was A Male War Bride and you can understand the military's opposition to gays in their ranks. They don't take to change easily and in fact do it worse than most segments of society.


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