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Pillow To Post (1945)
Written by Warner Archive -PR release   

pillow_to_post_145.jpgPillow To Post (1945) Noir queen Ida Lupino gets to show off her copious comedy chops as a traveling saleslady faking a military marriage thanks to the wartime housing shortage. Sydney Greenstreet co-stars as a colonel anxious about the care of the couples under his command as well as his combat service threatening waistline. Johnny Mitchell and William Prince are the boys looking to land the saleslady. Louis Armstrong and Dorothy Dandridge show up to give us a song, too! Vincent Sherman directs. 


pillow_to_post_poster_220.jpgIda Lupino could make a meal out of fiery dramas (They Drive by Night, High Sierra) and handily deliver a song (Thank Your Lucky Stars), and would later direct acclaimed thrillers in the 1950s. But only once did the multitalented marvel tackle romantic comedy, rejoining The Hard Way director Vincent Sherman for the friskily funny Pillow to Post. As an idly rich daughter of an oil-drilling equipment tycoon striving to help the war effort, she hits the road as a company saleswoman. Near a military base, she takes on another role: Here comes the Army bride, a ruse necessary to secure housing at a marrieds-only auto court. William Prince is the lieutenant roped into playing hubby, and Sydney Greenstreet plays his crusty base commander – and fellow resident. Get the picture? Lupino does, dizzily closing a crucial sale while being a supportive “wife” who has to save her “spouse” from a courtmartial. As Louis Armstrong’s band swings and saucy chanteuse Dorothy Dandridge sings “What’cha Say?,” you’ll say Pillow to Post is one charmingly hilarious way to go.


The DVD is Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order visit The Warner Archive Collection (www.wbshop.com)




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