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I Was A Male War Bride (1949, Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan)



This sparkling and, for its time, highly topical comedy was released in Britain under the title You Can’t Sleep Here.

Cary Grant plays a suave, polished French officer with American WAC officer Ann Sheridan as his assistant and interpreter in post-war Germany. At first their personalities – each thinks the other presumptuous, obnoxious and dangerous – bring them into conflict, but, inevitably, they fall in love and decide to marry. Their problems begin when Sheridan wants to return to the United States. Unfortunately, Grant can only enter the country as a ‘war bride’. Their troubles escalate as they try to live together, as army regulations prohibit men in WAC barracks, women in bachelor quarters, or army personnel in civilian hotels.

The film is basically a two-hander, played for all that it’s worth by Grant and Sheridan, who make every moment of their screen time count. Variety commented: ‘Hawk’s directional finesse is evident throughout, as are the fine production techniques of Sol C Siegel. Most notable, of course, are the authentic German backgrounds – those bombed-out cities could never have been duplicated in Hollywood.’

production details
USA | 105 minutes | 1949

Director: Howard Hawks
Writers: Charles Lederer, Leonard Spigelgass, Hagar Wilde from a novel by Henri Rochard

Bill Neff as Capt. Jack Ramsey
Randy Stuart as Lt. Eloise Billings
Cary Grant as Capt. Henri Rochard
Ann Sheridan as Lt. Catherine Gates
Marion Marshall as Lt. Kitty Lawrence
William Self as Sergeant