There is one scene in this movie that made me laugh out loud. Unfortunately, it [i]really[/i] wasn't supposed to. You see, Robert Walker is moving slowly toward Judy Garland, and the music is swelling in the background . . . and it looks for all the world like he's going to strangle her, and the next scene will be cops standing over Dead Judy Garland.
This is a remarkably dumb movie. Robert Walker meets Judy Garland in Penn Station in a ridiculous meet-cute--she loses the heel of her shoe, and he thinks she's telling him that she's sprained her ankle. He goes with her to get it fixed, and sort of follows her around for a while. Then, they actually agree to go on a date, and it lasts all night, and then they decide to get married.
Yes--they decide to get married after knowing each other for about 24 hours. The milkman they end up doing rounds for (really) and his wife go on about how you can know someone just as well after a minute as you can after years (ridiculous, of course), and how you should get married when the impulse takes you. So they do. Very, very tame hilarity then ensues as they go through the process of getting a license and getting married.
One thing that I think must have pissed off a lot of people is the ending, wherein Judy Garland says that Robert Walker [i]must[/i] be coming back from the war, because they hadn't known each other two days earlier, and now they're married, and so it must be meant to be. A lot of people who felt their relationships were meant to be [i]didn't[/i] come back, regardless of what Judy Garland said. It would have irritated me.
I think this movie was supposed to boost morale; it did, after all, come out in 1945. If it were a better movie, it might even have succeeded. But mostly, it makes me think how very stupid these two people are. It's only after they're married, for example, that they find out if the other has living parents. Call me crazy, but it's the sort of thing you should discuss in advance.