August 1949: I Was A Male War Bride

Howard Hawks! Cary Grant! Ann Sheridan!

And this is the first post-war war movie I’ve seen in this blog series, I think?

Oh… it’s not really a war movie. It’s a post-war movie, set in present-day (i.e., 1949) Germany.

This is a screwball comedy of sorts: Lots of pratfalls for Grant to excel at. But the snappiness of the dialogue leaves something to be desired.

Once things get properly underway (the main plot point is that all the bureaucracy surrounding soldiers bringing back spouses is geared towards men bringing back wives), most of the jokes are about Cary Grant’s character being made to suffer female indignities.

That could be funny and it could be awful, but here it’s mostly the latter. The thing that saves it is Grant’s charm. Because the jokes are pretty lame.

It feels like it should have been snappier.

I Was A Male War Bride. Howard Hawks. 1949.

Popular movies in August 1949 according to IMDB:

1193908.3The Third Man
60657.1I Was a Male War Bride
19187.1Madame Bovary
4706.9Jolson Sings Again
8156.8Rope of Sand
3266.7Slattery’s Hurricane
7436.7Task Force
3216.5Mr. Soft Touch
5836.5Black Magic
10496.1It’s a Great Feeling

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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