Pillow to Post (1945)

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With a war on and most men being drafted, Howard Oil Supply Company has no salesmen left. So daughter Jean hits the road and does not make one sale. She finally gets one tentative sale with... See full summary »

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  • Ida Lupino in Pillow to Post (1945)
  • Ida Lupino and William Prince in Pillow to Post (1945)
  • Ida Lupino and William Prince in Pillow to Post (1945)
  • Sydney Greenstreet and Ruth Donnelly in Pillow to Post (1945)
  • Barbara Brown and Paul Harvey in Pillow to Post (1945)
  • Ida Lupino and William Prince in Pillow to Post (1945)

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Vincent Sherman


Charles Hoffman (screenplay), Rose Simon Kohn (play)

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4 April 2011 | dougdoepke
Mild WWII Comedy
Mildly amusing wartime programmer about housing shortage for service couples. Jean (Lupino) finagles an army officer (Prince) to pose as her husband so she can get restricted housing in a motel court. Naturally, "who sleeps where" type complications ensue as they work to keep up appearances. The pace picks up as the difficulties mount, ending finally in madcap farce.

The cast tries hard to make familiar material for the time work. Still, seams do show, especially with Lupino's sometimes over-eager performance. Clearly, she's anxious to show she's as good at comedy as she is at dramatics. Then too, when movie buffs think Greenstreet, comedy doesn't come to mind. But here he plays an unlikely over-weight colonel to pretty good effect. (Note how the script deals with this fudging of army fitness standards.)

The colorful mix of supporting characters includes a mischievous little Robert Blake, a busybody Ruth Donnelly, a bug-eyed Willy Best, and an addled Stuart Erwin. Together, they manage to keep the chuckles coming. The movie, however, doesn't rise to the first rank, perhaps because the elements don't blend into a seamless whole—you can almost see the characters and situations being assembled. Nonetheless, it's a generally entertaining glimpse into what titillated audiences coming out of the big war.

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