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I Was a Male War Bride

Neatly reversing the usual comic model, where marriage only ever signals 'The End', this is a classic demonstration of Hawks' unsentimental optimism, and a comedy on frustration and sex-roles that is romantic, subversive and extremely funny, all at the same time. Grant is the priggish, bemused French army officer who hates, loves, and marries smart American army lieutenant Sheridan... then discovers that to follow his bride back to the USA and consummate their interrupted wedding night, he must fill in a million forms, wander disconsolately from barrack to barrack in search of a bed, and, final humiliation, dress up in drag to beat the bureaucracy.

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Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Howard Hawks
Screenwriter: Charles Lederer, Leonard Spigelgass, Hagar Wilde
Cast: Cary Grant
Ann Sheridan
Marion Marshall
Randy Stuart
William Neff
Kenneth Tobey
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