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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.

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Alexander Korda

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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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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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Trivia

Lux Radio Theater broadcasted a sixty minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 26, 1947, with Deborah Kerr reprising her movie role. See more »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Bhowani Junction (1956) See more »

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The Old Folks at Home
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Written by Stephen Foster
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A husband and wife go in separate directions during WW II
14 March 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Deborah Kerr and Robert Donat give wonderful performances in "Vacation from Marriage," a 1945 film directed by Alexander Korda. It's the story of a boring British couple - she's a mousy housewife prone to colds, and he's a mousy accountant who lives by a strict routine. When World War II hits, he joins the Navy and she joins the WRENS. He becomes very healthy, authoritative, and adventurous, and she becomes glamorous and independent. When faced with 10 days leave after nearly three years apart, neither one is looking forward to seeing the other again.

This very enjoyable film is heightened by the performances of the leads, both of whom ably demonstrate their change of personality and appearance after a few years of war. Glynis Johns is very good in a supporting role as well.

Highly recommended.


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