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With hindsight, it's clear to see John Wayne's tough guy acts throughout the latter part of his career were much more suited to him than playing a leading romantic man as he does here. The comedy element of the farcical trip to the west coast is the strongest part of this film.
Without Reservations is an entertaining film. It is about Kit Madden who is traveling to Hollywood, where her best-selling novel is to be filmed. John Wayne and Claudette Colbert give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. Mervyn LeRoy did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama, humor, and romance. Without Reservations is a must see.
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.
"He says that I'm the one thing saving him from being a misogynist. That means, a gentleman that doesn't like beetles."
After watching a few scenes of this on television, I decided to rent it and see it through. And, for the first 40 minutes, this film is pretty solid; it feels like it's going in a certain direction. Starting off as an 'intellectuality versus practicality' romance, the picture just degenerates in to a boring, puppy-love/jealousy character tango... pretty disappointing. (And 'Dink' is just plain annoying.)
"[That's not what a man wants,] that's what a man remembers!"
Enjoyable Romantic Comedy/ Road Movie, though the third-act is fairly flawed.
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).
Standard rom com but played with zest by the cast, Wayne is relaxed and pleasant, Colbert spunky and best of all Don DeFore is a breezy sidekick.
★★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.
Outstanding movie John Wayne is my family favorite actor
It was fun to watch. Most of the John Wayne that I've seen has been later cowboy movies; it was good to see him in a different role. This was the first time I understood how he could be considered a leading man. Claudette was her usual brilliant self.