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The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 December 1945 (USA)
While waiting in New York City to ship out to Europe, a sailor stops by a serviceman's canteen and meets a USO hostess. They immediately fall for each other and get married that night. ... See full summary »

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Richard Whorf
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Credited cast:
Robert Walker ... John Hill
June Allyson ... Mary Hill
Hume Cronyn ... Freddie Potts
Audrey Totter ... Lisa Borescu
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Harry
Reginald Owen ... Mr. Amboy
Gerald Oliver Smith Gerald Oliver Smith ... Gerald - Freddie's Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Lane Johnny Lane ... June A's Dance partnerr
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While waiting in New York City to ship out to Europe, a sailor stops by a serviceman's canteen and meets a USO hostess. They immediately fall for each other and get married that night. However, when the sailor is notified that he has been reclassified as 4-F (unfit for service) by the Navy and then discharged, he and his new wife realize that, having to set up house before they expected to, they actually know very little about each other. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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FOR BETTER...OR WORSE...IT'S THE HILARIOUS SIDE OF MARRIAGE! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Better, For Worse See more »

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Budget:

$1,012,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 30 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Philadelphia Monday 31 December 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6); in Chicago it first aired 1 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) , in Hartford CT 12 February 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in New Haven CT 19 February 1957 on WHNC (Channel 8), in Portland OR 3 March 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Minneapolis 24 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) and in Altoona PA 13 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); its San Francisco television premiere took place 7 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); but its first New York City telecast did not take place until Monday 13 June 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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When John Hill is trying to open the davenport that is supposed to fold out into a bed, it keeps closing on him, to comic effect. When he tries to spread a sheet over the mattress, the wire extending from the back of the davenport to the front edge that keeps pulling it closed is visible. See more »

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The Title Characters Show Why Baby-boomers Often Have Miserable Parents
24 October 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is a very cogent argument for living together a while before marriage!

Robert Walker, very appealing (and extremely skinny looking when we see him chest-up in the bath tub) and June Alyson marry on impulse when he is -- well, he's the sailor and she becomes the wife.

Then he isn't a sailor anymore and they have to live in a large apartment in Greenwich Village, where they learn they have nothing in common and really don't like each other.

She wears her bunny rabbit "jammies" the night of their honeymoon; and really: What man wouldn't be frustrated at that?

The super of the building is Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, whom some tenants seem to call Eddie and some call Harry.

The generally great villain and excellent actress Audrey Totter is wasted in a third-billed role as a Romanian who speaks with an accent sometimes Russian, mostly French,m and, though she wears hats most of the time, appears to be wearing a black wig.

It isn't without charm. But it's ill conceived.


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