Without Reservations (1946)

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    • Without Reservations (1946)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


      Plot Summary
      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.
      Summary written by Jim Beaver

      Full Cast
      Claudette Colbert .... Christopher 'Kit' Madden
      John Wayne .... Rusty Thomas
      Don DeFore .... 1st Lt. Dink Watson
      Anne Triola .... Consuela 'Connie' Callaghan
      Phil Brown .... Soldier
      Frank Puglia .... Ortega
      Thurston Hall .... Henry Baldwin
      Dona Drake .... Dolores Ortega
      Fernando Alvarado .... Mexican boy
      Charles Arnt .... Salesman
      Louella Parsons .... Herself (as Miss Louella Parsons)
      Frank Wilcox .... Jack
      Eric Alden .... Chauffeur (uncredited)
      Jose Alvarado .... Mexican boy (uncredited)
      Ernest Anderson .... Waiter (uncredited)
      Robert Anderson .... Radio announcer (uncredited)
      Lois Austin .... Congresswoman (uncredited)
      Griff Barnett .... Train conductor (uncredited)
      William 'Billy' Benedict .... Western Union Telegraph boy (uncredited)
      Lee Bennett .... Soldier (uncredited)
      Jack Benny .... Himself (uncredited)
      John Bleifer .... Coal heaver (uncredited)
      Lela Bliss .... Mrs. Bertha Randall (uncredited)
      Marilyn Buferd .... WAC (uncredited)
      Raymond Burr .... Paul Gill (uncredited)
      William Challee .... Corporal (aviator advising train porter) (uncredited)
      Tom Chatterton .... Pullman conductor (uncredited)
      Fred Coby .... French officer (uncredited)
      John Crawford .... Soldier (uncredited)
      Roger Creed .... Marine (uncredited)
      Frank Dae .... Man with book (uncredited)
      Sid Davies .... Marine (uncredited)
      Harold Davis .... Marine (uncredited)
      Dick Dickerson .... Young sailor (uncredited)
      Dudley Dickerson .... Redcap (uncredited)
      Tay Dunn .... Navy ensign (uncredited)
      George Economides .... Mexican Boy (uncredited)
      Michael Economides .... Mexican boy (uncredited)
      Charles Elmergreen .... Marine (uncredited)
      Herbert Espinosa .... Mexican boy (uncredited)
      Charles Evans .... Philip Jerome (publisher) (uncredited)
      Harry Evans .... Traveler (uncredited)
      Joel Fluellen .... Waiter in club car (uncredited)
      Jon Gilbreath .... Navy NCO (uncredited)
      June Glory .... Girl (uncredited)
      Lisa Golm .... Alma (Kit's maid) (uncredited)
      Cary Grant .... Himself (uncredited)
      Jesse Graves .... Porter (uncredited)
      Paul Gustine .... Traveler (uncredited)
      Thelma Gyrath .... WAC (uncredited)
      Charlie Hall .... Window washer (uncredited)
      Grayce Hampton .... Lois (uncredited)
      Henry Hastings .... Waiter (uncredited)
      Joe Haworth .... Marine (uncredited)
      Harry Hayden .... Harry Randall (Albuquerque hotel clerk) (uncredited)
      Hirohito .... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
      Harry Holman .... Gas station attendant (uncredited)
      Esther Howard .... Sarah (Book Club member) (uncredited)
      Ralph Hubbard .... Sailor (uncredited)
      Tom Hubbard .... Marine (uncredited)
      Brock Hunt .... Army lieutenant (uncredited)
      J. Louis Johnson .... Car porter (uncredited)
      Toshikazu Kase .... Himself (assists Shigemitsu) (archive footage) (uncredited)
      John Kellogg .... Reporter (uncredited)
      Cy Kendall .... Bail bondsman (uncredited)
      Jean Koehler .... Western Union operator (uncredited)
      Mervyn LeRoy .... Cameo appearance (dining with Kit) (uncredited)
      Bruce Lester .... Army lieutenant (uncredited)
      Rose Mary Lopez .... Mexican girl (uncredited)
      Leona Maricle .... Baldwin's secretary (uncredited)
      Junius Matthews .... Porter (uncredited)
      Sam McDaniel .... Freddy (club car waiter) (uncredited)
      Peter Michael .... Marine (uncredited)
      Chef Milani .... Diner captain (uncredited)
      Art Miles .... Truck driver (uncredited)
      Marvin Miller .... Louella's radio announcer (uncredited)
      Henry Mirelez .... Mexican boy (uncredited)
      Charles R. Moore .... Redcap (uncredited)
      Dolores Moran .... Herself (uncredited)
      William O'Leary .... Candy Butcher (uncredited)
      Oscar O'Shea .... Conductor (uncredited)
      Jack Parker .... Soldier (uncredited)
      Bob Pepper .... Man (uncredited)
      Lorin Raker .... Mr. Klotch (uncredited)
      Verne Richards .... Brakeman (uncredited)
      Ruth Roman .... Girl in Negligee (uncredited)
      Al Rosen .... Train mechanic (uncredited)
      Erskine Sanford .... Timothy Helgelander (liquor store proprietor) (uncredited)
      Wallace Scott .... Gas station attendant in Albuquerque (uncredited)
      Bill Shannon .... Marine (uncredited)
      Mamoru Shigemitsu .... Himself (with top hat, prepares to sign Japanese surrender) (archive footage) (uncredited)
      Robin Short .... Reporter (uncredited)
      Warren Smith .... Chauffeur (uncredited)
      Houseley Stevenson .... The turnkey (uncredited)
      Harry Strang .... Policeman (uncredited)
      Miguel Tapia .... Mexican boy (uncredited)
      Bill Udell .... Navy NCO (uncredited)
      Minerva Urecal .... Sue (Book Club member) (uncredited)
      Nanette Vallon .... Reporter (uncredited)
      Blanca Vischer .... Mexican beauty (uncredited)
      Henry Vroom .... Soldier (uncredited)
      Bob Wallace .... Marine (uncredited)
      Lee 'Lasses' White .... Marine (uncredited)
      Russ Whiteman .... Sailor (uncredited)
      Jane Wiley .... Manicurist (uncredited)
      Charles Williams .... Louis Burt (uncredited)
      Ian Wolfe .... Charlie Gibbs (reporter) (uncredited)
      Jean Wong .... Reporter (uncredited)
      Will Wright .... Pullman conductor (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Jane Allen novel Thanks, God! I'll Take It From Here
      Mae Livingston novel Thanks, God! I'll Take It From Here
      Andrew Solt

      Original Music
      Roy Webb

      Milton R. Krasner

      The opening shot shows "Arrowhead" Pictures motion picture studio. This is the actual RKO Pictures Studio Building at 780 Gower Street in Hollywood, retouched with "Arrowhead" replacing the RKO signs on the building. It remains a historic structure on the corner to this day.

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

      # Continuity: Just before Louella Parsons is seen in the radio studio, an exterior shot shows a building with the name NBC. But when Parsons is at the mic, it is marked ABC.

      # Revealing mistakes: The "newsreel" shows a man in a hole in the sidewalk with a shovel clearly too big for him to have used to dig the hole.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      RKO Studios

      Watch the Trailer

      Without Reservations
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 9 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Without Reservations (1946) is a comedy film starring Claudette Colbert and John Wayne,
      directed by Mervyn LeRoy, and released by RKO Radio Pictures.
      The film was adapted by Andrew Solt from the novel
      Thanks, God! I'll Take It From Here by Jane Allen and Mae Livingston.

      The opening shot shows "Arrowhead" Pictures motion picture studio.
      This is the actual RKO Radio Pictures building
      at 780 Gower Street in Hollywood, retouched with "Arrowhead"
      replacing the RKO signs on the building.
      It remains a historic structure on the corner to this day.

      Released in 1946, this frothy, little comedy, certainly does not rank
      as one of Duke's better films,but reviewers liked it, for all its flaws.
      It was not well scripted, but it captured the atmosphere,
      of the energy and joy, of America returning to peace.

      Duke was to get better at comedic roles, but in this one, it wasn't quite there..
      There was very little chemistry between he and Claudette Colbert.
      Duke seemed to lack timing in his delivery, and at times seemed wooden.
      Neither one of them wanted to make the movie, but were swayed by the choice of
      Mervyn Le Roy, as director.

      LeRoy, began a friendship with Duke from this point,
      the movie came across as a heavy-handed imitation of It Happened One Night
      Colberts, Oscar winning, big hit, of 1934.

      Well from the above, at least one fan, thought it funny.
      Duke made a fortune out of the film, but it proved mediocre as a movie.
      Inexpensive to make, it made the Variety
      list of top grossing films, finishing that year in 43rd. place,
      and made an outstanding profit for RKO.

      It was a film, that everyone, wanted to finish and move on.

      User Review
      Author: Wayne Malin, from United States.From IMDb

      Cute comedy about a novelist (Claudette Colbert) who meets a soldier (John Wayne)
      and realizes she loves him. There's more to it than that, but that's the bare bones of the plot.
      The movie moves quickly, is VERY funny and who knew John Wayne
      could do comedy so well? Colbert beautiful and charming (as always).*
      There's also a few appearances from stars of that era. Bright, breezy...well worth seeing.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • This title is available from Amazon, for a price! Starting at $34.99, for supposedly a used VHS copy! I suspect it might be out on DVD within a year or less, for less money.

      Over at Bygone Video, it seems to be available for $16.95 plus shipping.

      I haven't seen this movie myself, but would like to someday.

      Chester :newyear:

      The post was edited 1 time, last by chester7777: inactivate dead links ().

    • The UK DVD release is in fact a region 0 (no region coding) so anyone can order this from Europe. I know Amazon.co.uk claims t's a region 2 movie but this information is wrong. The DVD is marked region 0 and I have also verified this with software.

      The price is 10 £, but I bet you can find it for less on some web sites if you do a search.

      Popol Vuh
    • Originally posted by ethanedwards@Feb 18 2006, 12:19 PM
      [b]Memorable Quotes

      Dinkey Hooley: Where's this cousin of yours at?
      Dare Rudd: Wyoming
      Dinkey Hooley: Where do your figure Wyoming's at?
      Dare Rudd: Right over yonder beyond that hill... unless somebody's moved it.

      Fallon: Get out of here! The Sheriff's comin'!
      Dinkey Hooley: I think we're on the wrong side.
      Dare Rudd: This is no time to think!

      Tom Fillmore: Why don't you get married and settle down? Why, you're running around like a maverick without a brand on.
      Dare Rudd: Well, I don't like branding. It hurts in the wrong place.

      Dinkey Hooley: Too bad to waste such good food on just ordinary cowboys. Why, this kind of food is fittin' for human beings.
      Cowboy: Well, I ain't human and that ain't fittin'!
      Dinkey Hooley: Sink your teeth into those biscuits.
      Cowboy: Last time I did, two of 'em stayed there!



      These are from the "Born to the West" aka Hell Town :headbonk:
      You dislike Without Reservations that much?
    • Hi Vera,

      Thanks, I put it in the wrong review,
      anyway, it's now in it's rightful place.

      No I didn't like the film that much,
      I thought it was contrived and weak,
      and the chemistry was non-existent.

      Did you click on the nice photo, now in the Biog?
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Hi Vera,

      Yes, the Photo, or little caption links
      are placed at the beginning of the Biographies.
      and indeed 'Pals of the Saddle's'
      Strangely, there no quotes, in print,
      but I am sure, between us all, we'll come up with some!
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Originally posted by ethanedwards@Feb 24 2006, 12:41 PM
      Hi Vera,

      Yes, the Photo, or little caption links
      are placed at the beginning of the Biographies.
      and indeed 'Pals of the Saddle's'
      Strangely, there no quotes, in print,
      but I am sure, between us all, we'll come up with some!

      Hi Keith,
      you got these photos from IMDB or from your own sources. I looked throw some others and found that the photo from Sands of Iwo Jima is also very good, with some other goes the covers of DVD and VHS boxes. May be some members could add to the films topics some exellent photos if they have them? Just a suggestion.
      Vera :rolleyes:
    • Here is one movie that certainly ranks at the bottom of John Wayne's films for me. All three main actors were at least 10 - 15 years older than the characters they were suppose to be playing. The 'aeroplane' scene on the train, where Miss Klotz is drunk is pain-inducing to watch. The jokes are forced, and the direction is sloppy. My rating of this one would be a 2/10...
    • We don't seem to own this title, so have not seen it, but it seems it has been well discussed on this board in the past.

      In any case, in this day and age, we generally prefer not to buy movies in a VHS format, but made an exception (especially it doesn't seem to be available anywhere on DVD :D ).

      So we will have to chime in on this conversation a little later, after receiving and viewing the movie.

      Chester :newyear: