Without Reservations

Without Reservations

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Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Cast: Claudette Colbert, John Wayne, Don DeFore

     
 

Without Reservations has to be the least typical John Wayne picture of the postwar era. Top billing is bestowed upon Claudette Colbert as Kit, a best-selling novelist heading westward to oversee the film version of her latest novel. Taking it upon herself to select the man who should portray the hero of her novel, Kit chooses war hero Rusty (John Wayne), whom…  See more details below

Overview

Without Reservations has to be the least typical John Wayne picture of the postwar era. Top billing is bestowed upon Claudette Colbert as Kit, a best-selling novelist heading westward to oversee the film version of her latest novel. Taking it upon herself to select the man who should portray the hero of her novel, Kit chooses war hero Rusty (John Wayne), whom she meets during her train trip to Hollywood. Unaware of Kit's true identity, Rusty and his pal Dink (Don DeFore) rail against the factual errors in her book. One thing leads to another, and before long Kit, Rusty and Dink have all been thrown off the train for annoying the other passengers. After a hectic stopover at a New Mexico farm, Kit reveals who she really is to Rusty and Dink, who are understandably put out. All is forgiven in the end, of course, with Kit and Rusty altar-bound at fadeout time. The Hollywood scenes feature such guest celebrities as Cary Grant, Louella Parsons and Jack Benny; and yes, that is an unbilled Raymond Burr as Claudette Colbert's dancing partner. Without Reservations was based on Jane Allen and May Livingston's novel Thanks, God, I'll Take it From Here (too bad they couldn't use that title!)

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Clearly inspired by It Happened One Night, Without Reservations can't compare to that inspired comedy, but on its own terms it's a moderately amusing trifle. As a matter of fact, some of the dialogue in Reservations is bright and snappy; there's a lot of playful banter that's amusing and helps to engage the audience. But Reservations feels labored in its plotting. The things that happen only happen because this is a road trip/would-be screwball comedy, and the writers have to come up with complications and gags and situations. It doesn't feel organic and eventually becomes exasperating and a bit wearying. The leading lady, Claudette Colbert, is also a slight problem. Colbert is an expert at this type of light comedy, but she's not operating at the top of her game in Reservations; she seems slightly bored with the role, and it also doesn't help that she's a little bit old for the character. Surprisingly, John Wayne does quite well in an atypical role, and Don DeFore adds life as the best friend. Mervyn LeRoy's direction is smooth; he doesn't bring brilliance to the project, but he knows how to keep it moving and works with the material as best he can.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0053939786620
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
21,926

Special Features

Vintage Pet Smith Specialty short: I Love My Husband, But!; Classic cartoon: Holiday for Shoestrings; Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claudette Colbert Christopher "Kit" Madden
John Wayne Rusty Thomas
Don DeFore Dink Watson
Anne Triola Consuela "Connie" Callaghan
Dona Drake Dolores
Phil Brown Soldier
Louella Parsons Herself
Thurston Hall Henry Baldwin
Frank Puglia Ortega
Fernando Alvarado Mexican Youth
Charles Arnt Salesman
Ernest Anderson Waiter
Robert Anderson Radio Announcer
Lee Bennett Soldier
John Bleifer Coal Heaver
Marilyn Buford WAC
Tom Chatterton Pullman Conductor
John Crawford Actor
Roger Creed Actor
Frank Dae Man with Book
Harold Davis Actor
Michael Economides Actor
Joel Fluellen Waiter in Club Car
Lisa Golm Alma
Jesse Graves Porter
Charlie Hall Window Washer
Grayce Hampton Lois
Joe Haworth Marine
Tom Hubbard Actor
J. Louis Johnson Car Porter
John Kellogg Actor
Mervyn LeRoy Diner
Leona Maricle Baldwin's Secretary
Junius Matthews Porter
Peter Michael Actor
Chef Joseph Milani Diner Captain
Art Miles Truck Driver
Henry Mirelez Actor
Charles Moore Redcap
Billy O'Leary Candy Butcher
Jack Parker Actor
Lorin Raker Mr. Klotch
Wallace "Scotty" Scott Actor
Bill Shannon Actor
Robin Short Actor
Warren Smith Actor
Nanette Vallon Actor
Blanca Vischer Mexican Beauty
Russ Whiteman Sailor
Jan Wiley Manicurist
Jean Wong Reporter
Jose Alvarado Actor
Rose Marie Lopez Actor
Henry Vroom Actor
Tay Dunn Navy Ensign
Jon Gilbreath Actor
Harry Evans Actor
Paul Gustine Traveler
June Glory Girl
Bob Pepper Man
Cary Grant Himself
Dolores Moran Herself
Charles Williams Louis Burt
Frank Wilcox Jack
William Benedict Telegram boy
Harry Hayden Randall, Albuquerque hotel clerk
Ian Wolfe Gibbs, reporter
Marvin Miller Radio announcer
Esther Howard Book club member
Minerva Urecal Book club member
Raymond Burr Paul Gill
Griff Barnett Ticket collector
Will Wright Ticket collector
Sam McDaniel Train porter
Houseley Stevenson Jailer
Cy Kendall Lawyer
William Challee Flyer advising train porter
Eric Alden Chauffeur
Louis Austin Congresswoman
Lela Bliss Mrs. Randolph
Fred Coby French officer
Dudley Dickerson Redcap
Henry Hastings Waiter
Harry Holman Gas Station Attendant
Oscar O'Shea Conductor
Ruth Roman Bit Part
Erskine Sanford Tim
Harry Strang Policeman
Charles Evans Philip Jerome, Publisher

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
James Altwies Set Decoration/Design
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Ralph Berger Art Director
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Jesse Lasky Producer
Walter MacEwen Producer
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Lloyd Richards Asst. Director
Jack Ruggiero Editor
Francis M. Sarver Sound/Sound Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Solt Screenwriter
Clifford Stine Special Effects
Harold E. Stine Special Effects
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Without Reservations
1. Credits [1:10]
2. Here Is Tomorrow [3:59]
3. Cary Grant's Out [2:50]
4. In the Flesh [4:11]
5. Beetle's Advice [3:13]
6. Purely Ideological [4:26]
7. Don't Let Him Get Away [4:14]
8. Hook, Line and Scotch [3:37]
9. Ticket Trouble [3:23]
10. We'll Take It From Here [4:45]
11. Distinguished Flying Orchid [3:48]
12. Kicked Off the Train [3:31]
13. Trading in the Rain [7:15]
14. Report From Raton [3:58]
15. Hayfield Hesitation [4:18]
16. Good Neighbor Policy [4:40]
17. The Ortegas' Hospitality [4:19]
18. Kit Tells Tales [4:35]
19. Officially Involved [2:59]
20. Arrest in Albuquerque [6:03]
21. Unwanted [3:52]
22. Getting Around Hollywood [4:30]
23. Keep a Fella On His Toes [4:03]
24. Successfully Jealous [3:58]
25. She'll Take It From Here [2:16]
26. Cast List [:37]

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Without Reservations 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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