Practically Yours

Practically Yours is a 1944 comedic film made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Mitchell Leisen, written by Norman Krasna, and starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray.

Practically Yours
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMitchell Leisen
Produced byMitchell Leisen
Harry Tugend (associate producer)
Written byNorman Krasna
Based onan original story by Krasna
StarringClaudette Colbert
Fred MacMurray
Music bySam Coslow
Victor Young
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byDoane Harrison
Release date
  • December 20, 1944 (1944-12-20)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.2 million[1]


When a young pilot, Daniel Bellamy, is presumed dead after crashbombing an enemy aircraft carrier, the footage of the crash and his presumably final reminiscence of walking in the park with 'Piggy' and kissing her on the nose is sent back home. A typographical error in transcribing his words becomes a tribute to heroism, while a girl who worked in his office, Peggy, is thought to be the object of his secret love. However, Dan returns home and in order to save embarrassment for both the girl and himself, he tries to keep up the pretense. Dan reveals that he was not speaking of a girl, but in fact he meant his dog. A series of comical mishaps ensue, leading to resolution of the misunderstanding. The resolution, however, is long coming.



The film was based on an original story by Norman Krasna. He had written a film Bachelor Party which was produced by Buddy de Sylva who had since become head of production at Paramount. In September 1943 Paramount bought Practically Yours from Krasna.[2] Krasna wrote it in his spare time while on duty for the armed services in Los Angeles.[3]

In December Paramount said the stars would be Fred MacMurray and Paulette Goddard and that the film would be directed by Geoge Marshall and produced by Harry Tugend.[4] In January 1944 Paulette Goddard left for an army camp tour and her role was taken by Claudette Colbert.[5] Mitchell Leisen replaced George Marshall as director. Filming started January 1944.


The Los Angeles Times said the film "maybe... isn't quite big time, but it has the look."[6]

Radio adaptation

Practically Yours was presented on Broadway Playhouse December 3, 1952. The 30-minute adaptation starred Gloria DeHaven.[7]


  1. BLITHE SPENDTHRIFT: Parisian Lady By THOMAS M. PRYOR. New York Times 8 Apr 1945: 41.
  2. DRAMA AND FILM Los Angeles Times 7 Sep 1943: 14.
  3. Davis, George Kidder. "Columbia vs Krasna". Supreme Court Appellate Division-First Department. p. 72-73.
  4. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: New York Times 22 Dec 1943: 26.
  5. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOODD New York Times 22 Jan 1944: 9.
  6. 'Practically Yours' Diverting Comedy Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (30 Mar 1945: 8.
  7. Kirby, Walter (November 30, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved June 14, 2015 via

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