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Practically Yours (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 December 1944 (USA)
A presumed-dead World War II pilot's last words are misquoted as a declaration of love for his co-worker, forcing him to keep up the ruse when he returns home alive.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writer:

Norman Krasna
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Cast overview:
Claudette Colbert ... Peggy Martin
Fred MacMurray ... Daniel Bellamy
Gil Lamb ... Albert W. Beagell
Cecil Kellaway ... Marvin P. Meglin
Robert Benchley ... Judge Robert Simpson
Tom Powers ... Commander Harry Harpe
Jane Frazee ... Jane Frazee - Vocalist
Rosemary DeCamp ... Ellen Macy
Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Meglin
Mikhail Rasumny ... LaCrosse
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In this screwball comedy a WW2 US pilot bombs a Japanese aircraft carrier, is assumed to be dead, and then is misquoted in the press as fondly remembering his days back home walking his dog Piggy. Instead of his dog Piggy he is thought to be in love with Peggy, a girl he worked with. The usual farce ensues after he returns home alive and tries to play along with the mistake to save embarrassment for all. Written by pirateking

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Albert W. Beagell: I think I owe my pleasant disposition as much to stewed prunes as anything else.
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Spoofs For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) See more »

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I Knew It Would Be This Way
Written by Sam Coslow
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Dull Comedy For A Fine Cast
10 April 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When Fred MacMurray kamikazes his plan against a Japanese ship, his recorded last words seem to be about walking in the park with his girl Peggy. AThis is assumed to be Claudette Colbert's character; she tours making speeches about how she didn't know, buy war bonds. MacMurray is found, and reunited with his love, only to admit that he was speaking of his dog, Piggy. The two agree to keep up the pretense until his leave is over in a couple of weeks.

MacMurray is a wolf, but a moral one, and Miss Colbert is apple-cheeked and naive in the fifth of their seventh pairings. Gil Lamb is the dreary guy Colbert is scheduled to marry. Despite the occasional swipe at the media to build any story to match the current narrative, director Mitchell Leisen seems more interested in telling the story efficiently than playing it for comedy. Despite a fine cast that includes Cecil Kellaway, Robert Benchley and Rosemary Decamp, it turns into a rote and uninteresting romantic comedy; all of the humor seems to involve the lap dog.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorável Engano See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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