Without Reservations

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Without Reservations
Without Reservations poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Produced by Jesse L. Lasky
Walter MacEwen
Written by Andrew Solt
Based on Thanks, God! I'll Take It From Here 
by Jane Allen
Mae Livingston
Starring Claudette Colbert
John Wayne
Don DeFore
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Edited by Jack Ruggiero
Release dates
  • May 13, 1946 (1946-05-13)
Running time 107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,683,000 (estimated)[1][2]
Box office $3,000,000 (USA)[1]

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.


Jack Benny and Cary Grant make uncredited cameo appearances, as does director Mervyn LeRoy.

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  1. ^ a b "Box office / business for Without Reservations". imdb.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  2. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p211

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