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The Sailor Takes a Wife

The Sailor Takes a Wife(1946)

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In New York City, on an October night in 1944, John Hill, a sailor from California, shares a carriage ride and a kiss with Mary Breckenridge, a young stenographer he met only six hours earlier. John and Mary are married later the same night, and immediately begin planning the honeymoon they hope to take when John returns from his military base. The following day, Mary tells her boss, Freddie Potts, a pot manufacturer, that she has married a sailor. Although Freddie himself had hoped to marry her, he helps Mary find a new apartment. John returns to the city two days earlier than expected, and tells Mary that he received a medical discharge from the Navy because of a childhood back injury. As the newlyweds settle into their new apartment, they become embroiled in a series of minor disputes, including one angry quarrel that begins when John ridicules Mary's pajamas. One day, John becomes trapped in his apartment building elevator with Lisa Borescu, a beautiful Romanian shop owner. While Harry, the apartment janitor, tries to free the two stranded tenants, John and Lisa become fast friends. Later that afternoon, Lisa tries to help John find an advertising job at a company owned by her wealthy friend, Mr. Amboy. In the hope of impressing John's future boss, Mary invites Mr. Amboy to a home-cooked meal. Freddie and Lisa are also invited to the dinner, and Freddie arrives bearing a gift of pots for the newlyweds. When Mr. Amboy, a plastic pot manufacturer, presents Mary with his company's pots as a gift, Freddie is angered and becomes argumentative with Mr. Amboy. The evening ends in disaster when John trips and accidentally spills the dinner on Freddie and Mr. Amboy. Freddie leaves the dinner party in a rage, and while Mr. Amboy leaves to change his clothes, Lisa tricks John into visiting her in her apartment. There, Lisa flirts with John, gets him drunk and sends him home with lipstick stains on his face. Believing that John is having an affair with Lisa, Mary becomes upset and locks herself in the bedroom. The next day, on Mary's birthday, John tries to make amends with his wife by cooking her dinner and buying her a black lace nightgown. The plan nearly works until a lavish gift sent by Freddie arrives, and John becomes jealous. A quarrel ensues, and Mary goes to Freddie's seeking comfort. John follows Mary to Freddie's, where he threatens to harm Freddie if he continues to meddle in their marriage. All ends happily, though, when Lisa helps John and Mary reconcile, and the couple agrees to put aside their petty quarreling.