Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mervyn LeRoy|
|Produced by||Jesse L. Lasky
|Written by||Andrew Solt|
|Based on||Thanks, God! I'll Take It From Here
by Jane Allen
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Cinematography||Milton R. Krasner|
|Edited by||Jack Ruggiero|
|Running time||107 minutes|
|Box office||$3,000,000 (USA)|
Without Reservations (1946) is a comedy film starring Claudette Colbert and John Wayne, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film was adapted by Andrew Solt from the novel Thanks, God! I'll Take It From Here by Jane Allen and Mae Livingston.
The opening shot shows "Arrowhead" Pictures motion picture studio. This is the actual RKO Radio Pictures building at 780 Gower Street in Hollywood, retouched with "Arrowhead" replacing the RKO signs on the building. It remains a historic structure on the corner to this day.
Successful author Christopher "Kit" Madden (Claudette Colbert) travels to Los Angeles to work on the film adaptation of her book. On the way, she meets two Marines, Captain "Rusty" Thomas (John Wayne) and 1st Lieutenant "Dink" Watson (Don DeFore). She considers Rusty the best choice to play the film's main character. Unsure how he will react if he discovers she is a famous writer, she keeps her identity secret. During their journey across the country on trains, the trio end up in various comedic and dramatic situations. When Rusty finally learns the truth, he thinks that she has been using him just so he would be in the motion picture. Nonetheless, after a number of missteps, the couple eventually are able to resolve their differences.
- Claudette Colbert as Christopher "Kit" Madden
- John Wayne as Capt. "Rusty" Thomas
- Don DeFore as 1st Lt. "Dink" Watson
- Anne Triola as Consuela "Connie" Callaghan
- Phil Brown as Soldier
- Frank Puglia as Ortega
- Thurston Hall as Henry Baldwin
- Dona Drake as Dolores Ortega
- Fernando Alvarado as Mexican boy
- Charles Arnt as Salesman
- Louella Parsons as Herself
- Frank Wilcox as Jack
- "Box office / business for Without Reservations". imdb.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
- Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p211
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