Without Reservations (1946)

105 or 107 mins | Romantic comedy | May 1946

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Thanks, God, I'll Take It From Here . The picture was the first that Jesse L. Lasky Productions made in conjuction with RKO. According to records from the Bank of America archives, Lasky received a $975,000 loan from the bank to make the film. Director Mervyn LeRoy's film company was called Arrowhead Productions, the same name used for the movie company in the film, but Arrowhead was not involved in the making of this picture. RKO borrowed Don DeFore from Hal Wallis' company for the production. HR announced that LeRoy was testing Lieutenant Gavin Alberts and Dorothy Porter for roles in the film, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Mabel Webb was announced as a cast member in HR , but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Background shots for the production were filmed in Chicago and New York, and some scenes were shot in Chatsworth, CA, according to HR . Some reviewers commented on the similarity between this picture and Frank Capra's 1934 Columbia hit It Happened One Night , which also starred Claudette Colbert (see above). Colbert reprised her role in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 26 Aug 1946, co-starring Robert ... More Less

The working title of this film was Thanks, God, I'll Take It From Here . The picture was the first that Jesse L. Lasky Productions made in conjuction with RKO. According to records from the Bank of America archives, Lasky received a $975,000 loan from the bank to make the film. Director Mervyn LeRoy's film company was called Arrowhead Productions, the same name used for the movie company in the film, but Arrowhead was not involved in the making of this picture. RKO borrowed Don DeFore from Hal Wallis' company for the production. HR announced that LeRoy was testing Lieutenant Gavin Alberts and Dorothy Porter for roles in the film, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Mabel Webb was announced as a cast member in HR , but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Background shots for the production were filmed in Chicago and New York, and some scenes were shot in Chatsworth, CA, according to HR . Some reviewers commented on the similarity between this picture and Frank Capra's 1934 Columbia hit It Happened One Night , which also starred Claudette Colbert (see above). Colbert reprised her role in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 26 Aug 1946, co-starring Robert Cummings. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 May 1946.
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Daily Variety
8 May 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 May 46
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 45
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 45
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Aug 45
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Oct 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Oct 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Nov 45
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 46
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jan 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Feb 46
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
8 May 46
p. 3, 16
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 46
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Mar 46
p. 2884.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 May 46
p. 2985.
New York Times
8 Jun 46
p. 17.
Variety
8 May 46
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Grace Hampton
Jon Gilbreath
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Mervyn LeRoy's Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Miss Colbert's clothes by
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus
SOUND
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Matte paintings
Transparency projections shots
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod asst
Advertising and pub dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Thanks, God, I'll Take It from Here by Jane Allen and Mae Livingston (unpublished).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Thanks, God, I'll Take It from Here
Release Date:
May 1946
Production Date:
15 October 1945--14 January 1946
addl scenes mid February 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 June 1946
Copyright Number:
LP433
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
105 or 107
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11262
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Hollywood-bound author Christopher "Kit" Madden, whose best-selling novel Here Is Tomorrow is the talk of the nation, is about to board a train in New York when she is cabled that Cary Grant is unavailable to play the lead in the screen adaptation of her book. Although Kit initially rejects the suggestion of Arrowhead Pictures producer Henry Baldwin that an unknown be cast as the novel's post-war hero, she changes her mind when she is seated across from Captain Rusty Thomas, a handsome Marine. Immediately struck by Rusty's masculine charm, Kit finds herself lying about her identity upon hearing Rusty and his good-natured traveling companion, Lieutenant Dink Watson, denigrating Here Is Tomorrow . Calling herself Kit Klotch, Kit defends the book and insists on the credibility of the hero's pragmatic notions about romance. While waiting for a new train in Chicago, Kit receives a telegram from Baldwin, whom she had contacted earlier about Rusty, ordering her to keep track of him. Rusty and Dink, however, leave the station in order to purchase some rationed whiskey, and Kit ends up missing her train while chasing after them. To avoid revealing herself, the baggage-less Kit pretends that she has lost her ticket and is forced to travel in the coach section. Kit nonetheless enjoys herself with Rusty and Dink, getting drunk and silly in the dining car. When Consuela "Connie" Callahan, a talkative flirt whom Dink and Rusty refer to as a "beetle," accuses Kit of stealing her orchid, however, a scene erupts, and Kit is thrown off the train the next morning. Then, as they make ... +


Hollywood-bound author Christopher "Kit" Madden, whose best-selling novel Here Is Tomorrow is the talk of the nation, is about to board a train in New York when she is cabled that Cary Grant is unavailable to play the lead in the screen adaptation of her book. Although Kit initially rejects the suggestion of Arrowhead Pictures producer Henry Baldwin that an unknown be cast as the novel's post-war hero, she changes her mind when she is seated across from Captain Rusty Thomas, a handsome Marine. Immediately struck by Rusty's masculine charm, Kit finds herself lying about her identity upon hearing Rusty and his good-natured traveling companion, Lieutenant Dink Watson, denigrating Here Is Tomorrow . Calling herself Kit Klotch, Kit defends the book and insists on the credibility of the hero's pragmatic notions about romance. While waiting for a new train in Chicago, Kit receives a telegram from Baldwin, whom she had contacted earlier about Rusty, ordering her to keep track of him. Rusty and Dink, however, leave the station in order to purchase some rationed whiskey, and Kit ends up missing her train while chasing after them. To avoid revealing herself, the baggage-less Kit pretends that she has lost her ticket and is forced to travel in the coach section. Kit nonetheless enjoys herself with Rusty and Dink, getting drunk and silly in the dining car. When Consuela "Connie" Callahan, a talkative flirt whom Dink and Rusty refer to as a "beetle," accuses Kit of stealing her orchid, however, a scene erupts, and Kit is thrown off the train the next morning. Then, as they make plans with Kit to meet up in San Diego, where they are stationed, Rusty and Dink miss their train. Although the Marines have access to a nearby military airfield, Rusty, eager to stay with Kit, lies that the next flight to San Diego has been canceled due to bad weather. Kit, Rusty and Dink get caught in a downpour while walking from the airfield, but are befriended by a man who eventually sells Kit his exotic, fussy Italian car. During the drive west, Rusty tries to romance Kit in a hay field, but his unabashed sexuality unnerves her and causes her to intellectualize the situation. Frustrated, Rusty starts to mope until the car runs out of water and they are forced to seek help at a New Mexican ranch. There Rusty flirts with the Mexican-American ranch owner's daughter, causing Kit to seethe with jealousy. Anxious to stop the flirtation, Kit tells the patriotic rancher that Rusty and Dink stole their uniforms and are only posing as Marines. When the enraged rancher begins firing his rifle at Dink and Rusty, the trio drives off in a frenzy. After Kit confesses her lie and thereby reveals her true feelings, she and Rusty happily reconcile. Later, at an Albuquerque hotel, Kit, who left her purse at the ranch, decides to use her notoriety to wrangle a room for the night. The scheme backfires, however, when a local newspaper reporter informs the hotel manager that according to the latest press wire, Kit has already arrived in Hollywood. Kit is thrown in jail, but is bailed out by the still ignorant Dink and Rusty. Baldwin then arrives to vouch for Kit, and upon learning of Kit's true identity, Rusty becomes irate and refuses to consider starring in her movie. While Kit then makes her mark in Hollywood, Rusty feigns indifference and tries to ignore reports about Kit's romance with an Arrowhead star. At Dink's urging, Rusty finally admits that he still loves Kit and wires her that he is coming to visit. As Rusty pulls up to her house, an overjoyed Kit looks heavenward and says, "Thanks, God, I'll take it from here." +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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