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Pillow to Post

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Pillow to Post
Directed byVincent Sherman
Screenplay byCharles Hoffman
Based onPillar to Post
1943 play
by Rose Simon Kohn
Produced byAlex Gottlieb
StarringIda Lupino
Sydney Greenstreet
William Prince
CinematographyWesley Anderson
Edited byAlan Crosland Jr.
Music byFriedrich Hollaender
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • May 17, 1945 (1945-05-17)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

Pillow to Post is a 1945 romantic comedy film directed by Vincent Sherman, starring Ida Lupino, Sydney Greenstreet and William Prince. Based on the play Pillar to Post by Rose Simon Kohn, it is about a tired traveling saleswoman who goes to great lengths to find a place to sleep during the World War II housing shortage.

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Hello. Yeah, yeah, hello. Primo: Yeah, hello. Who is this? It's me. Me who? Me. Me. Me? Me who? Me. You know me. Me. Yeah. How's it goin'? Not good. Not good. Whoever did that thing to you-know-who, That good friend of mine, They're trying to do that to me now, And I'm having a lot of feelings about that, And I'm trying to get some, some... [whispers] closure. Closure on that, you know? What kind of feelings? I'm very angry. I'm feeling very angry about that. I'm really, uh... I'm enraged. I'm feeling very, very mad about that. Yeah, so why are you telling me? Why am I telling you? Like, you don't know nothin' about it, huh? You don't know nothin'-- what? I don't know what you're talking about. Ok. Whatever, whatever. I'm just tryin' to... Tell you how I feel. Tell you about my feelings and that, uh... I'm angry and that anger is, uh... A blocked wish. A blocked wish. And I'm lookin' forward to seeing you Next week at that thing, And then I can unblock that angered wish And then, hopefully, Hopefully, you make one more move on me, You motherfucker, I'll fuckin' cut your fuckin' balls off. I'll shove 'em up your fuckin' ass, I'll fuckin' bury you! I'll put fuckin' ice picks in your eyes! I'll chop your fuckin' eyeballs, I'll send 'em to your fuckin' family So they can eat 'em for dessert! You understand me?! Hey, paul... What? Fuck you. You mother...Fucker! You get a dictionary And find out what this "closure" is. If that's what he's gonna hit us with, Then I wanna know what it is. Yeah. How was that? It was going great Until the cutting off of the balls And shoving it up his...Ass. You know what I do when I'm mad, paul? I hit a pillow. Just hit the pillow. See how you feel. There's your fuckin' pillow. Feel better? Yeah, I do. Good.


Socialite Jean Howard (Ida Lupino) is stirred to patriotism and eager to help the war effort. When she overhears her father, J. R. Howard (an uncredited Paul Harvey), complain that the military has taken all of the salesmen of his oil rig supply company, she volunteers to take their place. J. R. gives in, though he reminds her that she has never worked a day in her life.

On one business trip, Howard arrives at a town where the only available place to sleep is a bungalow reserved for married couples. When she is mistaken for the war bride of a lieutenant, she goes along. To register at the Colonial Auto Court, however, she has to produce her "husband". She persuades a very reluctant Lieutenant Don Mallory (William Prince) to help her out, promising it will only take a few minutes of his day off. The couple become trapped in their masquerade as newlyweds when they run into Don's commanding officer, Colonel Michael Otley (Sydney Greenstreet), who lives just a few doors down with his wife.

When Howard goes out to see prospective customer Earl "Slim" Clark (Johnny Mitchell), he insists on taking her out to dinner to discuss the deal. To maintain appearances, Don goes along. The dinner does not go well. While trying to restrain a drunk acquaintance, Slim accidentally knocks Don out and is himself rendered unconscious by the drunk man.

When they return to the auto court, Don and Jean have to sleep under the same roof on their "wedding night". He gives her the bed and sleeps first in the kitchen, which proves too uncomfortable, so he goes outdoors.

Complications ensue when Otley takes an interest in the couple and insists that Don make Jean the beneficiary of his insurance policy and allot her part of his pay. Don's mother also arrives for an early unexpected visit.

During a dinner party given by the Otleys for the couple, the colonel mentions to Jean the impending court martial of another lieutenant who lied about being married. Alarmed, she drinks too much sherry to steady her nerves. While drunk, she privately reveals to Don that she has fallen in love with him.

The charade is finally revealed when the colonel and Don's mother meet. Jean's father also joins the festivities. Fortunately, Lucille (Willie Best), a male auto court employee, tells Otley that he did see Don sleep outside, so the colonel does not press charges. Don decides the thing to do is to get married for real, much to Jean's delight.


Robert Blake has an uncredited role as a brat at the auto court who likes to drop water bombs on unsuspecting passersby.


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