I Was a Male War Bride (1949)


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Lederer, Leonard Spigelgass, Hagar Wilde
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On DVD: Jan 6, 2004


as Lt. Catherine Gates

as Capt. Henri Rochard

as Capt. Jack Ramsey

as Tony Jowitt (uncredi...

as Tony Jowitt

as Innkeeper's Assistan...

as Trumble

as Seaman

as Sergeant

as Lieutenant

as Lieutenant

as Lieutenant

as Shore Patrol

as Tall WAC

as Chaplain

as French Minister

as Bartender

as Waiter

as Naval Officer

as Officer

as Expectant GI

as Cmdr. Willis

as Maj. Prendergast

as Innkeeper's Wife

as Jail Officer

as Schindler

as Burgomeister

as French Notary

as Sergeant

as Girl in Door

as German Policeman

as Shore Patrol
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Critic Reviews for I Was a Male War Bride

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Howard Hawks's darkest comedy (1949) -- a loosely constructed, episodic film that traces the progressive humiliations suffered by Free French army captain Cary Grant.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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High-spirited subversive loosely structured comedy.

Full Review… | June 1, 2008
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...

Full Review… | April 10, 2007
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Audience Reviews for I Was a Male War Bride

A lesser effort by Cary Grant but still worth a cursory once over, why not, as it picks up steam as it goes. Ann Sheridan is a worthy co-star and I wondered why the two were not paired again. The story is a trite bit, lame-o, Grant playing a French officer (who's American is so good that he understands plenty of cultural nuance, like he lived here for years, and so there is no French accent) teamed against his will with an American liaison officer in postwar Germany. Adventures ensue, leading to a haystack rendezvous, and thus marriage. Most of this Grant simply acts as if he's aggravated, but you know he's really not. Sheridan returns the compliment.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Not the best, but not the worst by any means!

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.

Spencer S.

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