Without Reservations
Without Reservations poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMervyn LeRoy
Written byAndrew Solt
Based onThanks, God! I'll Take It From Here
by Jane Allen
Mae Livingston
Produced byJesse L. Lasky Jr.
Walter MacEwen
StarringClaudette Colbert
John Wayne
Don DeFore
CinematographyMilton R. Krasner
Edited byJack Ruggiero
Music byRoy Webb
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • May 13, 1946 (1946-05-13)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1,683,000 (estimated)[1][2]
Box office$3,000,000 (US rentals)[3]

Without Reservations is a 1946 RKO Radio Pictures American comedy film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Claudette Colbert, John Wayne and Don DeFore. The film was adapted by Andrew Solt from the novel Thanks, God! I'll Take It From Here by Jane Allen and Mae Livingston.


Successful author Christopher "Kit" Madden travels to Los Angeles to work on the film adaptation of her bestselling book Here is Tomorrow. The film is supposed to star Cary Grant as the Army Air Forces pilot hero Mark Winston and Lana Turner, but Grant has withdrawn and the produce wants an unknown actor to play Winston. On a train to Hollywood, Kit meets two Marine pilots, captain "Rusty" Thomas and first lieutenant "Dink" Watson. She considers Rusty the best choice to play Winston, but he is dismissive of her book, as she wrote a political allegory and he does not believe that Grant would refuse Turner for 400 pages. Unsure how he will react if he discovers that she is a famous writer, she keeps her identity secret, saying that her name is Kitty Kloch. After they are expelled from the train for drunkenness in a remote prairie town, they trade Rusty's German war souvenir for a car. They are welcomed at the farm of a large Hispanic family whose daughter showers attention on Rusty, but they flee following a misunderstanding. When Rusty finally learns Kit's true identity, he thinks that she has been using him just so that he will appear in the film. However, they eventually reach Hollywood and resolve their differences.


Cast notes:


The film was originally budgeted at $1.1 million and was titled Thanks, God! I'll Take it from Here.[4]

The Arrowhead Pictures motion-picture studio shown in the opening shot is the actual RKO Radio Pictures building at 780 Gower Street in Hollywood.


The film returned a profit of $342,000.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Box office / business for Without Reservations". IMDb.com. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
  2. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p. 211, ISBN 9780706412857
  3. ^ Variety (October 5, 2017). "Variety (January 1947)". New York, NY: Variety Publishing Company. Retrieved October 5, 2017 – via Internet Archive.
  4. ^ Variety (October 5, 2017). "Variety (September 1945)". New York, NY: Variety Publishing Company. Retrieved October 5, 2017 – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ Richard B. Jewell, Slow Fade to Black: The Decline of RKO Radio Pictures, University of California Press, 2016, ISBN 978-0520289673