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Without Reservations Details


Without Reservations has to be the least typical John Wayne picture of the postwar era. Top billing is bestowed upon Claudette Colbert as Kit, a best-selling novelist heading westward to oversee the film version of her latest novel. Taking it upon herself to select the man who should portray the hero of her novel, Kit chooses war hero Rusty (John Wayne), whom she meets during her train trip to Hollywood. Unaware of Kit's true identity, Rusty and his pal Dink (Don DeFore) rail against the factual errors in her book. One thing leads to another, and before long Kit, Rusty and Dink have all been thrown off the train for annoying the other passengers. After a hectic stopover at a New Mexico farm, Kit reveals who she really is to Rusty and Dink, who are understandably put out. All is forgiven in the end, of course, with Kit and Rusty altar-bound at fadeout time. The Hollywood scenes feature such guest celebrities as Cary Grant, Louella Parsons and Jack Benny; and yes, that is an unbilled Raymond Burr as Claudette Colbert's dancing partner. Without Reservations was based on Jane Allen and May Livingston's novel Thanks, God, I'll Take it From Here (too bad they couldn't use that title!) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Claudette Colbert
as Christopher "Kit" Madden
John Wayne
as Rusty Thomas
Don DeFore
as Dink Watson
Dona Drake
as Dolores
Anne Triola
as Consuela "Connie" Callaghan
Louella Parsons
as Herself
Frank Puglia
as Ortega
Thurston Hall
as Henry Baldwin
Charles Arnt
as Salesman
William Benedict
as Telegram boy
Ian Wolfe
as Gibbs, reporter
Lorin Raker
as Mr. Klotch
Billy O'Leary
as Candy Butcher
Joel Fluellen
as Waiter in Club Car
Ruth Roman
as Bit Part
Mervyn LeRoy
as Diner
Raymond Burr
as Paul Gill
Minerva Urecal
as Book club member
Oscar O'Shea
as Conductor
Paul Gustine
as Traveler
Russ Whiteman
as Sailor
Tom Chatterton
as Pullman Conductor
Harry Hayden
as Randall, Albuquerque hotel clerk
Harry Holman
as Gas Station Attendant
Harry Strang
as Policeman
Henry Hastings
as Waiter
Jan Wiley
as Manicurist
Jean Wong
as Reporter
Jesse Graves
as Porter
Joe Haworth
as Marine
John Bleifer
as Coal Heaver
Junius Matthews
as Porter
Lela Bliss
as Mrs. Randolph
Leona Maricle
as Baldwin's Secretary
Lisa Golm
as Alma
Sam McDaniel
as Train porter
Charles Moore
as Redcap
Will Wright
as Ticket collector
Charlie Hall
as Window Washer
Marvin Miller
as Radio announcer
Cary Grant
as Himself
Ernest Anderson
as Waiter
Cy Kendall
as Lawyer
Dolores Moran
as Herself
Dudley Dickerson
as Redcap
Eric Alden
as Chauffeur
Erskine Sanford
as Tim
Esther Howard
as Book club member
Frank Dae
as Man with Book
Frank Wilcox
as Jack
Fred Coby
as French officer
Grayce Hampton
as Lois
Griff Barnett
as Ticket collector


Mervyn LeRoy
Jesse Lasky
Mae Livingston
Book Author
Milton Krasner
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Ruggiero
Ralph Berger
Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Clem Portman
Sound/Sound Designer
Clifford Stine
Special Effects
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
Lloyd Richards
First Assistant Director