I Was a Male War Bride 1949 ★★★★

I Was a Male War Bride is like two flabby Wilder films (specifically, A Foreign Affair and Some Like It Hot) stripped down to one quick, nonstop ride. Mostly it's just funny, built on Hawks' innunedo-laced banter ("I can't rub you from the hall") and sight gags based on common expressions (both "a roll in the hay" and "that ship has sailed" come to life). But it's also a thorough reversal of gender roles, drawing a lot of comedy out of progressive liberation butting up against bureaucratic humorlessness. And for this Germanophile, the Heidelberg setting is the cherry on top.

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