Over 21 is a 1945 comedy film directed by Charles Vidor ("The Mask of Fu Manchu", "Cover Girl") and adapted for the screen by Sid Buchman from a play by Ruth Gordon. Irene Dunn plays Paula "Paulie" Wharton, a novelist and screenwriter whose husband Max (Alexander Knox) quits his job as editor of the New York Bulletin to enlist in the army. The newspaper's editor, Robert Drexel Gow (Charles Coburn), who only hears the news as a teletype story, is furious with Max, whom he sees as vital to the success of the newspaper. As Robert appeals for him to stay, Max decides he wants nothing to do with Robert or the newspaper, seeing enlistment and joining World War II as his duty to his country. In a phone call from Hollywood, Paulie promises to support Max in his decision, and she moves to a hilariously ramshackle bungalow to be near her husband's barracks.