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Holiday for Lovers (1959)

Approved | | Comedy | 7 September 1959 (Sweden)
When the oldest daughter decides to stay in South America while on a school tour, her father decides to take the rest of the family there for vacation to find out why.

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Henry Levin

Writers:

Luther Davis (screenplay), Ronald Alexander (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Clifton Webb ... Robert Dean
Jane Wyman ... Mrs. Mary Dean
Jill St. John ... Meg Dean
Carol Lynley ... Betsy Dean
Paul Henreid ... Eduardo Barroso
Gary Crosby ... Tech Sgt. Paul Gattling
Nico Minardos ... Carlos Barroso
Wally Brown ... Joe McDougal
Henny Backus Henny Backus ... Connie McDougal
Nora O'Mahoney Nora O'Mahoney ... Mrs. Murphy
Buck Class Buck Class ... Staff Sergeant
Alan Austin Alan Austin ... Technical Sergeant
Nestor Amaral Nestor Amaral ... Nestor Amaral - Orchestra Leader
José Greco ... Jose Greco - Dancer
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When the oldest daughter decides to stay in South America while on a school tour, her father decides to take the rest of the family there for vacation to find out why.

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It's a holiday of JOY! A holiday of FUN!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1959 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Amantes em Férias See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Diane Varsi refused the part of Meg. Diane Baker was assigned as her replacement, but she eventually withdrew from the film. See more »

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Samba Ya' Ya'
(uncredited)
Written by Nestor Amaral
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Husband hunting in South America
26 September 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Holiday For Lovers Clifton Webb plays a psychiatrist who practices in Boston and is married to Jane Wyman and is trying to raise two daughters played by Jill St. John and Carol Lynley. Jill is studying architecture in Sao Paulo with renowned leader of the field Paul Henreid. A letter from her makes her parents rather suspicious that architecture is not all that Henreid has in mind. So all three decide to take an immediate vacation in South America. All without ever leaving the 20th Century back lot.

The problem isn't Henreid who just sees St. John as a talented student, but Henreid's son Nico Minardos who is a Brazilian beatnik and really does not want to work. Both Webb and Henreid have real concerns.

In addition Carol Lynley is swept off her feet by Air Force enlistee Gary Crosby. They have a whirlwind courtship of their own while Webb, Wyman, and Henreid are dealing the other children.

Webb and Wyman really don't have great chemistry as a married couple, their scenes seem forced. Doing better in that department are Wally Brown and Henny Backus playing a pair of crass American tourists who get Webb and his family in some interesting trouble with customs officials in Lima, Peru.

The South American holiday does feature some nice second unit cinematography which serve as rather obvious backgrounds that the studio bound cast steps in front of. Nobody got a trip to Sao Paulo, Rio De Janiero or Lima out of this except cameramen. This was because Clifton Webb's career as a star was winding down, his rather unique appeal was waning by 1959. He would do one more film and that one, Satan Never Sleeps would make this rather average family comedy look like Citizen Kane.


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