Without Love

  • 1945
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Not one of the team's best, but enough fun flowed from the combined pens of Barry (who wrote the play) and Stewart (who wrote the screenplay) to make it a pleasant comedy. Hepburn, who also played the role on stage, is a widow living in Washington, D.C., where accommodations are scarcer than an honest politician. She has a large house with plenty of room....read more

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Not one of the team's best, but enough fun flowed from the combined pens of Barry (who wrote the play) and Stewart (who wrote the screenplay) to make it a pleasant comedy. Hepburn, who also played the role on stage, is a widow living in Washington, D.C., where accommodations are scarcer

than an honest politician. She has a large house with plenty of room. Tracy is a scientist who is trying to convince the government that his new invention should be adopted by the Air Force. It's a pilot's helmet which has oxygen pumped directly into it, thereby eliminating the need for a separate

oxygen mask. Tracy shares a cab with tipsy Wynn, Hepburn's cousin. When Wynn learns that Tracy needs a place to conduct his experiments, he suggests Tracy contact Hepburn. The two meet, and, after some sparring, Hepburn says that she just can't have a man living in her house--what would the

neighbors think? She suggests that they try a platonic marriage--for the sake of society. Tracy hates women, but he needs a place to do his work so he agrees. The two are married, and she becomes his lab assistant. Well, is there anyone who doesn't know the end of this? Right. Cute bits include

Tracy's sleepwalking and a dog that has been specially trained to stop him, good wisecracks from Ball as a real estate woman with an eye for men, and Wynn as a drunk with flair. The entire reason for seeing this is to watch Tracy and Hepburn deliver the witty lines because the plot is as frothy as

a bubble bath. Stewart had earlier adapted another Barry play with better results. That was THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, for which he won an Oscar.

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  • Review: Not one of the team's best, but enough fun flowed from the combined pens of Barry (who wrote the play) and Stewart (who wrote the screenplay) to make it a pleasant comedy. Hepburn, who also played the role on stage, is a widow living in Washington, D.C., w… (more)

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