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I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

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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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The Most Hilarious Comedy in Many a Honeymoon! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the portion of the picture in which he dresses as a WAC, Cary Grant wanted to play the character with effeminate gestures, but Howard Hawks convinced him it would be funnier if he just acted like a man in women's clothes. See more »

Goofs

The boat changes between the time they ask to use it and when they get in it. You can tell by the size and location of the words "US Army." See more »

Quotes

Capt. Henri Rochard: Well, on the contrary, the process of turning a man into a woman is enormously complicated, but I'll do my best.
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This Is the Army, Mr. Jones
(1943) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
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Pleasant comedy of Cary Grant as an army wife
25 January 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I saw this movie years and years ago and always remembered the line, "Be quiet or people will think we smuggled in a cow." I was excited to see it on TCM. Alas, while it's good, it's not as hysterically funny as I thought it was going to be. Cary Grant plays a Frenchman with an English accent who winds up married to an American officer, played by Ann Sheridan. I loved their banter, especially in the beginning. Their wedding night is interrupted when she gets orders to ship out, and the problem becomes how to get her new husband home with her to America when all the spousal regulations seem to be for brides.

For me, the funniest scene took place while Grant is waiting for the bus with all the brides. Over a loudspeaker, a female officer informs the women about the new styles in the states and the way hair is worn. Grant's face is priceless while she's talking.

The movie is cute and notable for Grant dressing like a woman and looking very homely. Ann Sheridan is very good. The film is a little slow, but if you love Cary Grant, you should enjoy it.


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