Howard Hawks loved to undermine the urbanity of Cary Grant, never more so than in this subversive sex comedy dating from 1949.
Grant, disdaining the least attempt at a Gallic accent, plays a French army captain who marries cute US lieutenant Ann Sheridan - only to run full-tilt up against military bureaucracy at its most obtuse. Being the spouse of a US army officer, Grant must by definition be female, a situation that places a billion obstacles in the way of his wedding night. As the comedy of sexual frustration mounts, the hapless Grant is subjected to ever-deeper humiliations until his only hope is to dress up in drag.
Not up there with the director's very best (His Girl Friday, Red River, Rio Bravo), but Hawks always knew how to locate the pain behind rampant farce - just look at the desperation on Grant's face.