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Vacation from Marriage (1945)

Perfect Strangers (original title)
Passed | | Drama, Romance | 1 November 1945 (USA)
A dull married couple, separated by their enlistment during World War II, reunite after three years to find that they have become very different people.

Director:

Alexander Korda

Writers:

Clemence Dane (story), Anthony Pelissier (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Donat ... Robert Wilson
Deborah Kerr ... Cathy Wilson
Glynis Johns ... Dizzy Clayton
Ann Todd ... Elena
Roland Culver ... Richard
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. Hemmings
Eliot Makeham ... Mr. Staines
Brefni O'Rorke ... Mr. Hargrove
Ivor Barnard ... Chemist
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Petty Officer (as Henry Longhurst)
Bill Shine ... Webster (as Billy Shine)
Billy Thatcher Billy Thatcher ... Essex
Brian Weske ... Gordon
Rosamund Taylor Rosamund Taylor ... Irene
Harry Ross Harry Ross ... Bill
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Storyline

Robert and Catherine have a quiet little marriage until World War II separates them for three years. Serving in the Navy dramatically transforms both of them and they realize how much they resented their old mundane life together. Both dread their inevitable reunion and separately decide to ask for a divorce, but is the marriage really over? Written by Kathy Li

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Mr. Chips Is Back In A New Thrilling Romance!

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

This movie's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Friday, November 1, 1957, on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia on Sunday, December 15, 1957, on WFIL (Channel 6), in New York City on August 23, 1958, on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco on February 3, 1959, on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene Robert rips the page off a calendar exposing the page for Wednesday, April 4, 1940. That date fell on a Thursday. It is the correct day, though, for 1945 -- the year the movie was produced. See more »

Quotes

Robert Wilson: You've certainly got the view you always wanted.
Cathy Wilson: Miles and miles of it. But oh, Robert, the desolation!
Robert Wilson: Poor old London. Well, we'll just have to build it up again.
Cathy Wilson: It will take years and years.
Robert Wilson: But what of that, Cathy? We're young.
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Connections

Referenced in Bhowani Junction (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Home Sweet Home
(uncredited)
Music by H.R. Bishop
Lyrics by John Howard Payne
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"You've frizzed your hair out like a blond gollywog!"
11 October 2001 | by silenceisgoldenSee all my reviews

What a screenplay this movie has! It's wonderful! It's a simple story but it's executed wonderfully! You truly feel for the main characters. Deborah Kerr has never been a favorite of mine but she is wonderful in this film. Robert Donat, as usual, is brilliant! I highly recommend this to fans of classic romances. It is sweet, humorous in parts, and REAL! I wish Donat had done more films when he was around, but I shouldn't complain. I'm just glad he was smart enough to always take good roles in quality films. Kerr and Donat sparkle in this and Glynis Johns is so perky! Like a little cheerleader! This is great fun! I'll stop rambling now, if this is ever shown on TCM, you must watch it!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vacation from Marriage See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) (US) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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