57% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Aug 22
60% If I Stay Aug 22
—— When The Game Stands Tall Aug 22
8% Are You Here Aug 22
97% Love Is Strange Aug 22

Top Box Office

21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28.5M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $25.1M
14% Let's Be Cops $17.8M
35% The Expendables 3 $15.9M
31% The Giver $12.3M
21% Into The Storm $7.9M
66% The Hundred-Foot Journey $7.2M
64% Lucy $5.5M
41% Step Up: All In $2.7M
62% Hercules $2.1M

Coming Soon

0% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
—— As Above/So Below Aug 29
85% The Congress Aug 29
—— The Calling Aug 29

New Episodes Tonight

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% The Divide: Season 1
83% Extant: Season 1
—— Franklin & Bash: Season 4
—— Graceland: Season 2
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
57% Legends: Season 1
—— Motive: Season 2
69% Mystery Girls: Season 1
100% Suits: Season 4
38% Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1
43% Young & Hungry: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— Covert Affairs: Season 5
88% Finding Carter: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
—— Perception: Season 3
—— Pretty Little Liars: Season 5
—— Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5
—— Royal Pains: Season 5
—— Sullivan & Son: Season 3
57% Tyrant: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
88% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
86% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

I Was a Male War Bride

I Was a Male War Bride (1949)


No Score Yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 2
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 1



liked it
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 6,572

My Rating

Movie Info

Howard Hawks directed this classic farce about how love attempts to triumph over military red tape after the close of World War II. Capt. Henri Rochard (Cary Grant) is a French officer who is assigned to put a stop to a black market operation in occupied Germany with the help of Lt. Catherine Gates (Ann Sheridan), an American WAC. While their initial meetings are hardly harmonious, in time Rochard and Gates find that opposites really do attract, and they fall in love. The two decide to get

Jan 6, 2004


Watch It Now



Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (3) | DVD (9)

The flimsiness of the film's foundations and the disorder of its episodes provoke the inevitable impression that it all fell together en route.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Howard Hawks's darkest comedy (1949) -- a loosely constructed, episodic film that traces the progressive humiliations suffered by Free French army captain Cary Grant.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
Top Critic IconTop Critic

High-spirited subversive loosely structured comedy.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Funny, revealing (about WWII humor) farce w/Cary Grant.

February 23, 2008

Saddled with an egregiously thin premise and woefully underdeveloped characters...

April 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It's very entertaining.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Howard Hawks and Cary Grant made several famous films together but it's a shame this one is often overlooked since it's a true comic gem that works well on every level.

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Very funny star vehicle with Grant and Sheridan at their best.

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

"Cary carries off a one-joke premise"

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for I Was a Male War Bride

Not the best, but not the worst by any means!
March 1, 2012
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

One of the more contrived Grant films, Cary is perfect as the broad shouldered, debonair, confused as ever bride to his officer wife. A dose of the unfamiliar makes it ever the more believable.
November 16, 2010

Super Reviewer

This is one of my favourite Cary Grant movies, Ann Sheridan movies, and movies of the year 1949. It is so hilarious and perfect for a military romance movie. A must see for Grant fans.
October 24, 2010

Super Reviewer

Amusing war-time farce featuring an on-form Cary Grant as a french officer who is classed as a war bride by US military red tape. All the usual cross gender gags and misunderstandings ensue, but Grant's easy-going charm makes it a cut above the usual lightweight rom com.
July 14, 2007
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

    1. Capt. Henri Rochard: My name is Rochard. You'll think I'm a bride but actually I'm a husband. There'll be a moment or two of confusion but, if we all keep our heads, everything will be fine.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Sergeant: Any female trouble?
    2. Capt. Henri Rochard: Nothing but, Sergeant.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Sergeant: You're not Mrs. Rochard!
    2. Capt. Henri Rochard: I'm MISTER Rochard.
    3. Sergeant: Well, it's your WIFE who must report here for transportation to Bremerhaven.
    4. Capt. Henri Rochard: According to the War Department, I AM my wife.
    5. Sergeant: You can't be your wife!
    6. Capt. Henri Rochard: If the American army says that I CAN be my wife, who am I to dispute them?
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. 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.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
View all quotes (4)

Discussion Forum

Discuss I Was a Male War Bride on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT


First pic of Marvel's Paul Rudd

Worst Summer Movies
Worst Summer Movies

We list the 60 worst since 1975

Scorecard 2014
Scorecard 2014

See where the summer movies rank

Best Comedy Actor
Best Comedy Actor

16 critics predict the Emmys

Sin City
Sin City

We interview the cast and director

Foreign Titles

  • Allez coucher ailleurs (FR)
  • La novia era él (ES)
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile