Without Reservations (1946) - Rotten Tomatoes

Without Reservations (1946)





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In this romantic comedy, a traveling author Christopher "Kit" Madden (Claudett Colbert) meets up with Marines Rusty Thomas (John Wayne) and Dink Watson (Don DeFore) on the way to the filming of one of her novels. As the three people travel together to Kit's destination, she conceals her true identity, due to the fact that Rusty and Dink aren't exactly fans of her work. When she and Rusty begin to fall in love, Kit is afraid to ruin their relationship by revealing who she really is.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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RKO Radio Pictures


John Wayne
as Rusty Thomas
Don DeFore
as Dink Watson
Claudette Colbert
as Christopher 'Kit' Madden
Anne Triola
as Consuela 'Connie' Callaghan
Phil Brown
as Soldier
Frank Puglia
as Ortega
Thurston Hall
as Henry Baldwin
Dona Drake
as Dolores Ortega
Fernando Alvarado
as Mexican Youth
Michael Economides
as Mexican Youth
George Economides
as Mexican Youth
Jose Alvarado
as Mexican Youth
Miguel Tapia
as Mexican Youth
Rose Marie Lopez
as Mexican Youth
Henry Mirelez
as Mexican Youth
Herbert Espinosa
as Mexican Youth
Charles Arnt
as Salesman
Jack Benny
as Himself
Cary Grant
as Himself
Charles Evans
as Philip Jerome, Publisher
Harry Hayden
as Mr. Harry Randall
Lela Bliss
as Mrs. Randall
Griff Barnett
as Train Conductor
Will Wright
as Pullman Conductor
J. Louis Johnson
as Car Porter
Frank Dae
as Man with Book
Ian Wolfe
as Charlie Gibbs
Dick Dickerson
as Young Sailor
Joel Fluellen
as Waiter in Club Car
Jack Parker
as Soldier
John Crawford
as Soldier
Billy O'Leary
as Candy Butcher
Henry Vroom
as Soldier
Oscar O'Shea
as Conductor
Ruth Roman
as Girl in Negligee
William Challee
as Corporal
Sam McDaniel
as Freddy
Ralph Hubbard
as Sailor
Russ Whiteman
as Sailor
Tay Dunn
as Navy Ensign
Tom Hubbard
as Marine
Bob Wallace
as Marine
Sid Davies
as Marine
Fleet White
as Marine
Bill Shannon
as Marine
Roger Creed
as Marine
Peter Michael
as Marine
Joe Haworth
as Marine
Brock Hunt
as Army Lieutenant
Bruce Brewster
as Army Lieutenant
Jon Gilbreath
as Navy NC
Bill Udell
as Navy NC
Bill O'Leary
as Candy Butcher
William Benedict
as Telegram boy
Chef Joseph Milani
as Diner Captain
Harry Evans
as Traveler
Paul Gustine
as Traveler
Art Miles
as Truck Driver
Charles D. Hall
as Window Washer
John Bleifer
as Coal Heaver
Jan Wiley
as Manicurist
June Glory
as Girl
Scott Wallace
as Gas Station Attendant
Harry Holman
as Gas Station Attendant
Warren Smith
as Chauffeur
Eric Alden
as Chauffeur
Leona Maricle
as Baldwin's Secretary
Louis Austin
as Congresswoman
Jean Koehler
as Western Union Operator
William 'Billy' Benedict
as Western Union Boy
Lorin Raker
as Mr. Klotch
Tom Chatterton
as Pullman Conductor
Cy Kendall
as Bail Bondsman
Jesse Graves
as Porter
Al Rosen
as Train Mechanic
Raymond Burr
as Paul Gill
Fred Coby
as French officer
Verne Richards
as Brakeman
Harry Strang
as Policeman
Dolores Moran
as Herself
Charles Williams
as Louis Burt
Robert Anderson
as Radio Announcer
Lois Austin
as Congresswoman
Blanca Vischer
as Mexican Beauty
Lisa Golm
as Alma
Marvin Miller
as Announcer
John Kellogg
as Reporter
Robin Short
as Reporter
Nanette Vallon
as Reporter
Jean Wong
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Without Reservations

All Critics (3)

For a change. John Wayne made a lighter comedy, and some of his scenes with Claudette Colbert are fun to watch.

Full Review… | March 26, 2011

...mostly a cute farce, and you've got to take it for what it is.

Full Review… | May 19, 2007
Movie Metropolis

I had a lot of reservations about this vacuous comedy-romance.

Full Review… | January 24, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Without Reservations


★★1/2 (out of four) Partly cute romantic farce and part far-fetched silliness, "Without Reservations" showcases an adorable Claudette Colbert. Colbert stars as a author, whose latest book has become a phenomenon. So much so, that a Hollywood movie studio has optioned it and has begun casting the film. The author wants Cary Grant, but he is committed elsewhere, so the search is on for a newcomer to play the soldier returning from war. While travelling to Los Angeles, Colbert ends up sharing a train seat with Wayne, who she finds perfect for the part. Colbert is very cute and winning and John Wayne does a pretty good job as the romantic soldier. But the plot devices grow very weary as the movie goes on, turning the plot into little more than a fair road comedy. Keep you eyes open for some fun cameos by the likes of Jack Benny, Cary Grant, and Raymond Burr. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/Without.jpg[/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

John Wayne ,Don DeFore & Claudette Colbert ,are strangers who meet on a train.The two Marines end up on a silly, unplanned Adventure, with Christopher Madden, A.K.A. Kit (Claudette Colbert) hiding her identity as a Writer of the book that Rusty(John Wayne) despises. She is trying to get Rusty (J.Wayne) to play Leading Man in a Movie of her book.A series of circumstances have them traveling in a car cross country together.He finds out her true identity & gets angry, she goes to Hollywood, blah blah, blah.Predictable but delightful Film with a stellar cast.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

Wartime comedy about an author and her plan to turn a soldier into the leading man of her filmed novel is wonderfully and enjoyable and sprinkled with guest appearances by Hollywood celebrities. This movie moves quickly, is VERY funny and who knew John Wayne could do comedy so well? Claudette Colbert's so beautiful and charming (as always).

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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