I Was a Male War Bride

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I Was a Male War Bride (1949) was Howard Hawks’ most successful comedy on its first release.  While it is still delightful, it is not a comedy masterpiece alongside his Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday and Monkey Business.

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I Was a Male War Bride

Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan on location in Baden- Wuttemburg, Germany for I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

I Was a Male War Bride

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Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan are husband and wife in I Was a Male War Bride (1949).  Cary was also married in his final Hawks film, Monkey Business (1952), to Ginger Rogers.  In His Girl Friday (1940) he was divorced from Rosalind Russell. and he was single in Bringing Up Baby and Only Angels Have Wings.

I Was a Male War Bride

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Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan in costume sight seeing in Germany in a publicity still for I Was a Male War Bride (1949).

I Was a Male War Bride

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Ann Sheridan wears the pants as Lt. Catherine Gates in I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

I Was a Male War Bride

Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan and Marion Marshall in I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

I Was a Male War Bride

Howard Hawks rides in the sidecar while filming I Was a Male War Bride (1949) in Germany with Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan.

I Was a Male War Bride

Ann Sheridan and Cary Grant are newlyweds who find great difficulty in spending the night together in I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

I Was a Male War Bride

I Was a Male War Bride (1949) was Howard Hawks’ first film in Europe. His only other experience filming outside of Hollywood had been Viva Villa in Mexico, for which he was fired for going over budget.

I Was a Male War Bride

Ann Sheridan and Cary Grant in a publicity still for I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Ann Sheridan as First Lieutenant Catherine Gates and Cary Grant as Captain Henri Rochard in a publicity still for I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

I Was a Male War Bride

Cary Grant returns Ann Sheridan’s nylons in I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

I Was a Male War Bride

Ann Sheridan is forced to bunk with the ladies instead of her new husband in I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

I Was a Male War Bride

I Was a Male War Bride (1949) was filmed on location in Germany.

I Was a Male War Bride

Cary Grant rides the side car as Ann Sheridan takes the wheel in I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

I Was a Male War Bride

Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan pause to pose in Germany while filming I Was a Male War Bride (1949), Howard Hawks’ most popular comedy on its first release.  His classic comedies Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby and Monkey Business were flops.  His Girl Friday was a hit, but not the blockbuster success of War Bride.