Howard Hawks, director; Cary Grant, actor

I Was A Male War Bride, 1949

Magazine article


In I Was A Male War Bride, Cary Grant plays Captain Henri Rochard, a French officer assigned to work with Lieutenant Catherine Gates (Ann Sheridan) at the end of World War II.  Though they initially dislike each other, they eventually fall in love and get married.  When Rochard tries to accompany his wife to the United States, he discovers that the only legal way to do so is to take advantage of the War Brides Act, which allowed American servicemen to bring foreign wives home with them after the war.  The cross-dressing in the movie is meant to amuse the audience by showing the handsome actor in a dress, but the heterosexuality of his character is never in question.


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