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Rationing (1944)

A village butcher bickers with the postmistress in charge of World War II ration stamps.

Director:

Willis Goldbeck

Writers:

Grant Garett (as Grant Garrett), William R. Lipman | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Ben Barton
Marjorie Main ... Iris Tuttle
Donald Meek ... Wilfred Ball
Dorothy Morris ... Dorothy Tuttle
Howard Freeman ... Cash Riddle
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Porter
Tommy Batten ... Lance Barton
Gloria Dickson ... Miss McCue
Henry O'Neill ... Sen. Edward A. White
Richard Hall ... Teddy
Charles Halton ... Ezra Weeks
Morris Ankrum ... Mr. Morgan
Douglas Fowley ... Dixie Samson
Chester Clute ... Roberts
Chill Wills ... Bus Driver (scenes deleted)
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A village butcher bickers with the postmistress in charge of World War II ration stamps.

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Fifth of seven films pairing Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main released by MGM from 1940 to 1949. See more »

Quotes

Iris Tuttle: Get that goat outta here! She'll be sleeping on the foot of my bed next!
Ben Barton: You could do worse!
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A Dull Production
17 August 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Wallace Beery stars in this World War Two comedy programmer from MGM. It sort of starts out like W.C. Fields' IT'S A GIFT and continues on using Beery's aw-shucks blowhard dealing with the problems of the home front during World War Two: rationing and Marjorie Main.

The movie is carried on Beery's charm, which is considerable. Despite the MGM gloss and re-takes by Beery's THE CHAMP director, Norman Taurog, it's never more than good and may be too much for a modern viewer.

Aside from Beery, there isn't much star power here. The director is Willis Goldbeck, who never got that far out of the MGM shorts department before returning to writing -- for John Ford, which is not negligible. The producer is Orville Dull, surely not the most auspicious name for a producer, who mostly produced other programmers and sequels for MGM. He did win an Oscar for producing 1948s THE SECRET LAND, though.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1944 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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