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Rationing (1944)

A village butcher bickers with the postmistress in charge of World War II ration stamps.


Willis Goldbeck


Grant Garett (as Grant Garrett), William R. Lipman | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Ben Barton
Marjorie Main ... Iris Tuttle
Donald Meek ... Wilfred Ball
Dorothy Morris ... Dorothy Tuttle
Howard Freeman ... Cash Riddle
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Porter
Tommy Batten ... Lance Barton
Gloria Dickson ... Miss McCue
Henry O'Neill ... Sen. Edward A. White
Richard Hall ... Teddy
Charles Halton ... Ezra Weeks
Morris Ankrum ... Mr. Morgan
Douglas Fowley ... Dixie Samson
Chester Clute ... Roberts
Chill Wills ... Bus Driver (scenes deleted)


A village butcher bickers with the postmistress in charge of World War II ration stamps.

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Release Date:

24 March 1944 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fifth of seven films pairing Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main released by MGM from 1940 to 1949. See more »


Iris Tuttle: Get that goat outta here! She'll be sleeping on the foot of my bed next!
Ben Barton: You could do worse!
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pretty silly WW II film...
24 May 2019 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

WW II film about how people back home dealt with getting by on rationed supplies...gasoline, food, car and tire parts. Stars the seasoned hollywood pro Wallace Beery (Grand Hotel), Marjorie Main (The Women), and Donald Meek (almost EVERY film made in the 1930s, 1940s...) So many great, fun names. The typical war time propaganda film, showing folks how important it is to go along with the rules and regulations during war time, so food and supplies can go to the soldiers far away. Barton (Beery) is trying to run a general store, but the ration system is so complicated, he can't turn a profit, and none of the townspeople can afford to buy anything. and Iris (Main) is determined to enforce the rationing rules. Quite the snapshot in time, since we have so much of everything these days. hard to imagine a time when everything was in so short supply. a humorous storyline, but it's all based in reality. It's pretty good. clearly made for educational purposes. some lighter, funny lines that border on almost dirty, but mostly all good, clean fun. Directed by WIllis Goldbeck; he only directed eleven films, but wrote SO many screenplays, including some of the Doctor Kildares, and the Man Who shot Liberty Valence.

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