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Summer Holiday (1948)

Approved | | Musical | 16 April 1948 (USA)
Danville, Connecticut at the turn of the century. Young Richard Miller lives in a middle-class neighborhood with his family. He is in love with the girl next-door, Muriel, but her father ... See full summary »

Director:

Rouben Mamoulian

Writers:

Eugene O'Neill (play), Frances Goodrich (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Richard Miller
Gloria DeHaven ... Muriel McComber (as Gloria De Haven)
Walter Huston ... Mr. Nat Miller
Frank Morgan ... Uncle Sid
Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins ... Tommy Miller (as Butch Jenkins)
Marilyn Maxwell ... Belle
Agnes Moorehead ... Cousin Lily
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Essie Miller
Michael Kirby Michael Kirby ... Arthur Miller
Shirley Johns Shirley Johns ... Mildred Miller
Hal Hackett ... Wint
Anne Francis ... Elsie Rand (as Ann Francis)
John Alexander ... Mr. Dave McComber
Virginia Brissac ... Miss Hawley
Howard Freeman ... Mr. Peabody
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Danville, Connecticut at the turn of the century. Young Richard Miller lives in a middle-class neighborhood with his family. He is in love with the girl next-door, Muriel, but her father isn't too happy with their puppy-love, since Richard always share his revolutionary ideas with her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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M-G-M's Great American Musical!

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This film was first telecast in Seattle Monday 5 August 1957 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Honolulu 25 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Lebanon PA 28 November 1957 on WLBR (Channel 15), in Philadelphia 11 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 25 December 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 8 January 1958 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Binghamton NY 11 January 1958 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Akron 24 January 1958 on WAKR (Channel 49), in San Antonio 13 February 1958 on WOAI (Channel 4), in Nashville 28 March 1958 on WLAC (Channel 5), in San Francisco 24 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in Chicago 15 July 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Los Angeles 25 July 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in New York City 4 August 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

Goofs

As Uncle Sid prepares to go onto the "field of honor" in the beer drinking contest, he has a mug full of dark beer. It changes to a lighter-colored amber beer in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Richard Miller: Mankind was better off when lived in the Dark Ages. When everybody went around naked!
Uncle Sid: Well, maybe so. But today it might interfere with your social life.
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Connections

Version of Great Performances: Ah, Wilderness! (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Wish I Had A Braver Heart
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Out-take: Performed by Gloria DeHaven
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An amazing star-turn by Marilyn Maxwell...
28 September 2012 | by howyoodoonSee all my reviews

A perfectly enjoyable bit of mid-era Freed Unit MGM, with many of the hallmarks of their greatest musicals. But the real surprise in this film is the extended bar room sequence in which Mickey Rooney is led astray by a wanton showgirl named "Belle," played in an extraordinarily vivid way by Marilyn Maxwell. She positively glows in her many extreme close-ups as she tries to vamp Mickey Rooney down the path of corruption. Her Technicolor costume changes color throughout the scene, reflecting Rooney's increasing drunkenness. As mentioned by other reviewers here, the number is sort of a stand-alone scene that seems rather transplanted from another film altogether...but for this viewer, it's a welcomed shot of "oomph", incongruous or not. One is left wondering why it is that Miss Maxwell is largely forgotten today and wasn't really handed any other roles that fulfilled the promise she showed in "Summer Holiday" (with the possible exception of her equally vivid showing in "The Lemon Drop Kid"). She had a long and busy career, mostly in television...yet her name rings few bells today. Could it be that a certain "Norma Jeane Baker," in largely co-opting her name, sort of pulled the rug out from under her in the process? Bottom-line: If you don't want to see the whole film, tune in about halfway through and catch an indelible star-turn by an indelible star: Marilyn Maxwell. It's her film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ah, Wilderness! See more »

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Budget:

$2,258,325 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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