Without Love (1945)

111 mins | Romantic comedy | May 1945

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Cinematographer:

Karl Freund

Editor:

Frank Sullivan

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Harry McAfee

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

A May 1942 HR news item indicates that M-G-M purchased the film rights to Philip Barry's play for $265,000. The original New York run of the play starred Elliott Nugent and Katharine Hepburn, who reprised her stage role for this film. HR news items in Sep 1943 indicate that production on the film, which was originally set to begin before Nov 1943, was postponed due to the unavailability of Hepburn and director Harold S. Bucquet, who were both involved in the production of the film Dragon Seed (see above). HR production charts list actor Robert L. Hartzell in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Without Love was one of the top grossing films of 1945. Rommy, the cairn terrier in the film, also appeared with Hepburn in the 1946 M-G-M film Undercurrent (see above). Without Love was the final picture of director Harold S. Bucquet, who died of cancer in 1946. Bucquet began his film career directing shorts, and directed his first feature film, for M-G-M, in ... More Less

A May 1942 HR news item indicates that M-G-M purchased the film rights to Philip Barry's play for $265,000. The original New York run of the play starred Elliott Nugent and Katharine Hepburn, who reprised her stage role for this film. HR news items in Sep 1943 indicate that production on the film, which was originally set to begin before Nov 1943, was postponed due to the unavailability of Hepburn and director Harold S. Bucquet, who were both involved in the production of the film Dragon Seed (see above). HR production charts list actor Robert L. Hartzell in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Without Love was one of the top grossing films of 1945. Rommy, the cairn terrier in the film, also appeared with Hepburn in the 1946 M-G-M film Undercurrent (see above). Without Love was the final picture of director Harold S. Bucquet, who died of cancer in 1946. Bucquet began his film career directing shorts, and directed his first feature film, for M-G-M, in 1938. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Mar 1945.
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Daily Variety
19 Mar 45
p. 3.
Down Beat
15 Jul 45
p. 7.
Film Daily
19 Mar 45
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Oct 44
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 44
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Nov 44
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Dec 44
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Mar 45
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Apr 45
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Dec 44
p. 2242.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Mar 45
p. 2373.
New York Times
23 Mar 45
p. 13.
Variety
21 Mar 45
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
Unit mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
Mus mixer
Mus mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Mont eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
STAND INS
Piano double for Spencer Tracy
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Without Love by Philip Barry, as produced by The Theatre Guild, Inc. (New York, 10 Nov 1942).
AUTHOR
MUSIC
"Claire de lune" by Claude Debussy.
SONGS
"Si Petite," music by Gaston Claret and Pierre Bayle.
DETAILS
Release Date:
May 1945
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 22 March 1945
Los Angeles opening: 17 April 1945
Production Date:
11 October--mid December 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 March 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13205
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
111
Length(in feet):
9,953
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10657
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

During World War II, Pat Jamieson, a lovelorn scientist from Chicago, travels to Washington, D.C. to work on a secret project to develop a high altitude oxygen helmet for the War Department. Pat is a stranger to Washington, but he soon finds a temporary home for himself and his cairn terrier, Dizzy, through a chance acquaintance with a drunken man named Quentin Ladd. Quentin takes Pat to his cousin Jamie Rowan's elegant house on Connecticut Avenue and casually invites him to stay the night. The next morning, Quentin finds Pat tinkering with some scientific instruments in the basement of the house and realizes that his guest intends to stay. During the course of the day, Pat learns from Quentin that Jamie is a lonely and unhappy woman, and that she is trying to sell the house. Pat wants to use the basement as his laboratory but because he insults Edwina Collins, Quentin's overbearing and snobbish fiancée, he is asked to leave the house at once. On his way out, Pat meets Jamie, who mistakes him for an applicant seeking a job as a caretaker at the house. Thinking fast, Pat feigns interest in the job and uses his unique charm to win Jamie's approval. Pat's ruse is exposed, though, when Edwina discovers that he is a respected scientist, as well as the son of a well-known scientist. When Jamie realizes that her father and Pat's father were old friends, she drops her cold indifference toward him and invites him to stay in her home. Pat insists on a strictly professional arrangement, as caretaker, but Jamie soon takes a personal interest in him. As ... +


During World War II, Pat Jamieson, a lovelorn scientist from Chicago, travels to Washington, D.C. to work on a secret project to develop a high altitude oxygen helmet for the War Department. Pat is a stranger to Washington, but he soon finds a temporary home for himself and his cairn terrier, Dizzy, through a chance acquaintance with a drunken man named Quentin Ladd. Quentin takes Pat to his cousin Jamie Rowan's elegant house on Connecticut Avenue and casually invites him to stay the night. The next morning, Quentin finds Pat tinkering with some scientific instruments in the basement of the house and realizes that his guest intends to stay. During the course of the day, Pat learns from Quentin that Jamie is a lonely and unhappy woman, and that she is trying to sell the house. Pat wants to use the basement as his laboratory but because he insults Edwina Collins, Quentin's overbearing and snobbish fiancée, he is asked to leave the house at once. On his way out, Pat meets Jamie, who mistakes him for an applicant seeking a job as a caretaker at the house. Thinking fast, Pat feigns interest in the job and uses his unique charm to win Jamie's approval. Pat's ruse is exposed, though, when Edwina discovers that he is a respected scientist, as well as the son of a well-known scientist. When Jamie realizes that her father and Pat's father were old friends, she drops her cold indifference toward him and invites him to stay in her home. Pat insists on a strictly professional arrangement, as caretaker, but Jamie soon takes a personal interest in him. As Jamie and Pat become better acquainted, they realize that they share a distaste for the romantic notion of love, having both been hurt by past experiences. One day, Kitty Trimble, Jamie's hard-boiled business manager, shows the house to Paul Carrell, a prospective buyer, who, by coincidence, is an old friend of Pat. Paul flirts with Jamie, and Jamie later admits to Pat that Paul's visit has had a strange effect upon her. After deciding that she must stop living in the past, Jamie, emboldened by her new outlook on life, proposes marriage to Pat. She insists, however, that theirs should be a marriage uncomplicated by love and based entirely on trust, companionship and humor. Pat accepts Jamie's proposal, and they develop a Platonic relationship, deliberately devoid of intimacy. They also develop a professional relationship when Jamie begins to assist Pat in his experiments. Some time later, Paul privately questions Jamie about her marriage, accusing her of entering a loveless union, then plants a kiss on her. Jamie angrily protests the kiss and, in so doing, blurts out that she loves Pat. The sudden realization that she is in love prompts Jamie to follow Pat to Chicago, where he is about to give his first official presentation of his oxygen mask. The demonstration is a success, but a series of jealous misunderstandings results in Jamie's early return to Washington. While Pat remains in Chicago for a few days, Jamie meets Pat's French ex-girl friend and tries to adopt her seductive style to impress Pat when he returns. Pat does not appreciate the change in Jamie's behavior, but when he confesses that he is in love with her, she reverts to her old self and gives Pat a big hug. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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