I Was a Male War Bride

 

Cary Grant in a publicity photo for I Was a Male War Bride (1949), the fourth of five movies he made with Howard Hawks.  This is the weakest of the five, but it is still a good movie.  The other four are masterpieces:  Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday and Monkey Business.

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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

While in Germany filming I Was a Male War Bride (1949), Cary Grant contracted hepatitis.  In one scene he claimed he had to run into a haystack and when he came out the other end he was 20 pounds lighter.

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 pose for I Was a Male War Bride (1949).  Cary was the only choice for his part, while Ava Gardner was considered for his wife.

I Was a Male War Bride

foreign flyer for I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

I Was a Male War Bride

Cary Grant dresses in drag as a male war bride in I Was a Male War Bride (1949), the most successful Hawks comedy at the box office.  It was the eighth biggest box office hit of the year.

I Was a Male War Bride

Cary Grant wears a wig made of a horse’s tail in I Was a Male War Bride (1949).

I Was a Male War Bride

Cary Grant out of costume in a publicity photo for I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

I Was a Male War Bride

Cary Grant as Capt Henry Rochard in an original publicity photo for I Was a Male War Bride (1949).

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 is forced to sleep in a tub rather than in bed with his new bride in 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.