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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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...and this is how SHERIDAN TOOK GRANT! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A Lux Radio Theatre version of the film was to be broadcast on August 28, 1950, starring Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan, but was canceled when Dr. Roger H. Charlier failed to release his radio rights in the story to Lux. See more »

Goofs

The housekeeper only replaces the handle on the outside of the door, so when Lt Gates goes to open it from the inside (after Rochard claims it was broken), the inside handle would not have been in place. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Henri Rochard: Go to sleep.
Lt. Catherine Gates: What, with you in the room?
Capt. Henri Rochard: Well, I can't rub you from the hallway.
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Featured in The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is the Army, Mr. Jones
(1943) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Played during opening credits
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Not the best...
21 November 2004 | by WhenAllWordsFailSee all my reviews

As a fan of Cary Grant's work in such comedies as Philadelphia Story and Bringing Up Baby, I was thoroughly disappointed by this movie.

It has a few shining, laugh out loud moments in the beginning and in the well known cross-dressing segment near the ending, but I found the middle to be long, slow and not very entertaining. The plot wasn't very interesting and Grant's adventures became repetitive and boring. Also, Grant isn't very convincing as a Frenchman, and I kept forgetting why he had trouble getting into the States in the first place. If you have trouble sitting through slow-moving movies, I would definitely not recommend this.

However, on the opposite side, there are a few funny moments, a cute romantic plot, and, of course, Cary Grant. See it if you wish, but be warned not to have too high of expectations.


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