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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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Budget:

$2,258,325 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Anne Francis, billed as Ann Francis on the opening credits. By the time the film was finally released, she had already been used by MGM in other films such as This Time for Keeps (1947) and The Pirate (1947) (released 1948). See more »

Goofs

(around 78 minutes) When Muriel sneaks out of the house to meet Richard, she is wearing a blue scarf. But when it cuts to a shot outside the house the blue scarf has changed to a shorter length. When she arrives at the brook to meet Richard, the blue scarf has changed back to the original length. 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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Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Michael Feinstein (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Home Town
(uncredited)
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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Musical Remake of Ah Wilderness Doesn't Get Out Of The Woods
4 February 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Summer Holiday is the forgotten musical version of Eugene O'Neill's Ah Wilderness and deservedly so with the Broadway musical adaptation of Take Me Along. With the exception of the Stanley Steamer song, none of the other Harry Warren-Ralph Blane songs are worth remembering and even that one is questionable.

It was right after the release of this film that MGM let Mickey Rooney go and I don't think it was a coincidence. The film was made in 1946 and released in 1948, so Mickey was 26 playing an Andy Hardy like teenager. He was just way too old for the part of the 17 year old who was affecting radical ideas in a spirit of youthful rebellion.

Rooney made four films for MGM from 1946 to 1948, this one, Killer McCoy a remake of Robert Taylor's A Crowd Roars, Love Laughs at Andy Hardy and Words and Music. In all of them Rooney was playing an adult part. Even in the Andy Hardy film, Mickey played an adult Andy Hardy returned from World War II. Why he was in this Louis B. Mayer only knows.

Rooney's bad casting makes Summer Holiday all the worse because in the original Ah Wilderness the emphasis is on the father's character played here by Walter Huston. And in the Broadway show Take Me Along which won a Tony Award for Jackie Gleason, the Great One played the inebriated brother-in-law Uncle Sid here played by Frank Morgan and that's the central character.

Gloria DeHaven steps in for Judy Garland as Rooney's sweet and adorable girl friend and Marilyn Maxwell plays the show girl who gives Rooney an adult education. In the original play O'Neill has her as a prostitute, but this was the Hollywood of the Code so all Marilyn does is get young Rooney soused.

A lot of really talented people had a hand in this one and they do their best, but Summer Holiday fades rather quickly into a chilly autumn.


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