I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
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as Lt. Catherine Gates
as Capt. Henri Rochard
as Capt. Jack Ramsey
as Tony Jowitt (uncredited)
as Tony Jowitt
as Innkeeper's Assistant
as Shore Patrol
as Tall WAC
as French Minister
as Naval Officer
as Expectant GI
as Cmdr. Willis
as Maj. Prendergast
as Innkeeper's Wife
as Jail Officer
as French Notary
as Girl in Door
as Shore Patrol
Critic Reviews for I Was a Male War Bride
The flimsiness of the film's foundations and the disorder of its episodes provoke the inevitable impression that it all fell together en route.
Howard Hawks's darkest comedy (1949) -- a loosely constructed, episodic film that traces the progressive humiliations suffered by Free French army captain Cary Grant.
Funny, revealing (about WWII humor) farce w/Cary Grant.
Saddled with an egregiously thin premise and woefully underdeveloped characters...
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.
Not the best, but not the worst by any means!
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.
I Was a Male War Bride Quotes
|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.|
|Sergeant:||Any female trouble?|
|Capt. Henri Rochard:||Nothing but, Sergeant.|
|Sergeant:||You're not Mrs. Rochard!|
|Capt. Henri Rochard:||I'm MISTER Rochard.|
|Sergeant:||Well, it's your WIFE who must report here for transportation to Bremerhaven.|
|Capt. Henri Rochard:||According to the War Department, I AM my wife.|
|Sergeant:||You can't be your wife!|
|Capt. Henri Rochard:||If the American army says that I CAN be my wife, who am I to dispute them?|
|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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