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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

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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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,258,325 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed between June 17 and mid-October 1946, the film was not copyrighted until 26 November 1947, and its wide release was held back until April 16, 1948. The Manhattan opening at Lowe's State Theatre followed on June 11, 1948. See more »

Goofs

Both the man and the woman portraying the "American Gothic" couple cast shadows on the background as they step into frame, revealing the house behind them is a painted flat. 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 Ah, Wilderness! (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Home Town
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Performed by Walter Huston, Mickey Rooney, Gloria DeHaven, Selena Royle (dubbed by Denny Wilson), Agnes Moorehead, Shirley Johns, Michael Kirby, Frank Morgan, and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins (as Butch Jenkins)
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A botched masterpiece
21 March 2018 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

"Ah, Wilderness!" should make a great musical--in fact, it made a very good one on Broadway, as "Take Me Along" in 1959--and this Freed Unit special has some greatness in it, which keeps being undercut. It's beautifully cast, the Technicolor is extraordinary, and the director, the always underrated Rouben Mamoulian, shows a lot of feel for the small-town turn-of-the-century setting and the small crises in the Miller family. But it was a troubled production, and it suffered some ruinous cuts. The editing's frankly sloppy, and misguided things happen that you don't expect to happen in MGM musicals. Mickey Rooney (10 years too old for the part, but he hides it well, and not doing those Mickey Rooney overacting things that often annoy me) and Gloria De Haven (lovely, with a lovely voice) dance fetchingly to "Afraid to Be in Love" on an emerald park lawn, and the number just fades out, no payoff, no resolution. Rooney gets drunk with Marilyn Maxwell in a cheap saloon, and there's supposed to be an Omar Khayam dream ballet (there are production stills), but it doesn't happen, and that scene, too, just fades out. The always-exemplary Walter Huston, who's charming here, rolls up the movie with the curtain line, "Well, spring isn't everything, is it, Essie?", and it's supposed to resonate because he was supposed to sing "Spring Isn't Everything," a sweet ballad similar to the "September Song" Huston introduced in "Knickerbocker Holiday," but that, too, has been cut, so it just seems an odd way to fade out. What's left of the Harry Warren-Ralph Blane score isn't great, but it's quite integrated into the action, and well performed. I caught this again on TCM recently and it's better than I remembered, but I keep wanting it to be better still.


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