I Was a Male War Bride (1949)




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This comedy of errors stars suave Cary Grant as a French Army officer who takes outlandish measures to make it into the U.S. with his new American bride. Unfortunately, the only legal way for Grant to be allowed into the U.S. is for him to be designated a "war bride."
Classics , Comedy , Romance
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Ann Sheridan
as Lt. Catherine Gates
Cary Grant
as Capt. Henri Rochard
William Neff
as Capt. Jack Ramsey
Eugene Gericke
as Tony Jowitt (uncredited)
Gene Garrick
as Tony Jowitt
Ruben Wendorf
as Innkeeper's Assistant
John Whitney
as Trumble
Kenneth Tobey
as Seaman
William Pullen
as Sergeant
William Self
as Sergeant
William Murphy
as Sergeant
Robert Stevenson
as Lieutenant
Bob Stevenson
as Lieutenant
Harry Lauter
as Lieutenant
Barbara Perry
as Tall WAC
Joe Haworth
as Shore Patrol
David McMahon
as Chaplain
Alfred Linder
as Bartender
André Charlot
as French Minister
Lester Sharpe
as Waiter
Alex Gerry
as Waiter
Gil Herman
as Naval Officer
Ben Pollock
as Officer
William McLean
as Expectant GI
Russ Conway
as Cmdr. Willis
Mike Mahoney
as Sailor
Kay Young
as Maj. Prendergast
Lily Kann
as Innkeeper's Wife
Carl Jaffe
as Jail Officer
Martin Miller
as Schindler
Paul Hardtmuth
as Burgomeister
John Serret
as French Notary
Bill Self
as Sergeant
Patricia Curts
as Girl in Door
John Zilly
as Shore Patrol
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Critic Reviews for I Was a Male War Bride

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

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 24, 2006
New York Times
Top 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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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
Reel Film Reviews

It's very entertaining.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
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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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Jennifer D
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.
Spencer S.

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