Without Reservations

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 053939786620
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Rating:

  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Repackaged / Special Packaging / Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,617

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

Disc #1 -- Without Reservations
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      I Love My Husband, But!
      Holiday for Shoestrings
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
      Next
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    john wayne does comedy?

    i think this was a novel idea & i'm got we bought the film, i do wish bn had more competitive dvd pricing like amazon so i'm not sure if we're going to renew our membership in 2010 since bn requires us to pay $25 to save a little $ but amazon doesn't require any membership fee yet its pricing is already cheaper - how does that work?

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