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Living in a Big Way(1947)

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During the second world war, and just before he is to take up his overseas assignment, Army flier Leo Gogarty spends one last hour dancing with his wife, Margaud "Maggie" Morgan, a model whom he met only nine days earlier. Three years pass, and with the end of the war, Leo and his Army buddies are back in America, resettling into civilian life. Accompanied by his pal Schultz, Leo surprises Maggie at a fashionable pool party, but, after fainting when she first sees Leo, she gives him the brush off and tells him that she has become "selfish and spoiled" in his absence. Despite Maggie's indifference, Leo is determined to win her over and rekindle their romance. He befriends Maggie's kindhearted grandmother, Abigail, and then pressures Maggie into disclosing their secret marriage to her family. After breaking the news to her "high-strung" family, Maggie accuses Leo of having taken advantage of her generosity by rushing her into a hasty marriage. Leo all but ignores Maggie's demand for a divorce, claiming he does not believe in it, and refuses to leave her home. With Abigail on his side, Leo uses his old-fashioned charms to get Maggie's attention, and even serenades her and dances for her. In time, Maggie succumbs to Leo's romantic ploys, while Abigail donates her old house to Leo and his war buddies. While turning the house into a "G.I. housing project," Leo catches the eye of war widow Peggy Randall, who moves in with her young son. One day, while visiting the house to present Leo with divorce papers, Maggie is moved by the community construction effort and promises to help by donating bathtubs. Leo and Peggy soon become good friends, which stirs Maggie's jealousy and causes her to change her mind about Leo. Realizing that she is truly in love with Leo and that their marriage means more than just a patriotic gesture on her part, Maggie drops her divorce suit and decides to take back her husband. In the meantime, however, Leo has abandoned hope for a resumption of their nuptials, and offers Maggie the divorce she sought earlier. Leo and Maggie nearly separate for good until Abigail and Leo's pals step in to bring the two together. The couple then begin living as husband and wife for the first time in an apartment in Abigail's refurbished house.