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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Captain Henri Rochard
... 1st Lt. Catherine Gates
Marion Marshall ... Lt. Kitty Lawrence
... Lt. Eloise Billings
Bill Neff ... Capt. Jack Ramsey (as William Neff)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Charles B. Fitzsimons ... Lt. Kelly (scenes deleted)
... Lieutenant (scenes deleted)
... 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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19 September 1949 (Sweden)  »

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Howard Hawks' I Was a Male War Bride  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,500,000, 31 December 1949
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rex Harrison originally was to star in the film. Producer Sol C. Siegel suggested Louis Jourdan for the lead. See more »

Goofs

With Catherine gone briefly, Henri is waiting and sleeping in the sidecar when some children put the motorcycle in gear. With no driver the motorcycle increases in speed and shifts gears. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Henri Rochard: I am an alien spouse of female military personnel en route to the United States under public law 271 of the Congress.
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Soundtracks

This Is the Army, Mr. Jones
(1943) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
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12 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

One of the reviewers above who mentioned Kafka had it right: the movie is an exercise in humiliation, and humiliation of Cary Grant, yet. Earlier Hawks movies like Bringing Up Baby are humiliating also, but are funny enough to soften an edge that here is just painful. The result has a real dramatic problem in that it's pretty hard to believe Grant and Sheridan would ever fall in love and marry--whereas his expressed desire never to see her again, on the other hand, is totally convincing. I watched pretty much without laughing, but the performances are great and the movie is grimly fascinating, like a fun-house-mirror reflection of a screwball comedy.


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