Friday, December 26, 2008

Tonight's Movie: The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945)

John (Robert Walker) and Mary (June Allyson) wed after a whirlwind courtship of just a few hours at the start of the WWII comedy THE SAILOR TAKES A WIFE.

The rest of the film depicts John and Mary actually getting to know one another after the wedding ceremony, as their attempts to be alone to celebrate their honeymoon are thwarted at every turn. Mary's jealous boss (Hume Cronyn), an eccentric Romanian neighbor (Audrey Totter), and a ramshackle apartment building add to the complications. It's not a classic, by any means, but it's a cute little movie which fans of June Allyson will probably find entertaining, as I did.

Totter is amusing as John and Mary's war refugee neighbor, and there is also a funny turn by Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as the superintendent of the temperamental apartment building. The supporting cast also includes Reginald Owen.

The lovely photo to the right is from the archives of Life magazine, recently made available online.

THE SAILOR TAKES A WIFE was directed by Richard Whorf. Whorf was also an actor in films such as BLUES IN THE NIGHT (1941). The movie was shot in black and white and runs 92 minutes.

THE SAILOR TAKES A WIFE can be seen on Turner Classic Movies. It's not available on VHS or DVD.

The trailer can be seen here.


Blogger Raquel Stecher said...

I really enjoyed this film! Especially since Robert Walker is in it. Shame it's not available on DVD.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Raquelle!

Glad to hear from someone else who liked it. Leonard Maltin's rating, which I'd checked out beforehand, wasn't very encouraging, but as it turned out I had a good time watching it.

I'd especially love to see a June Allyson boxed DVD set but I suspect she's not a big enough name for my wish to come true...still, you never know!

Best wishes,

2:43 PM  

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