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Seven Days' Leave (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 13 November 1942 (USA)
Soldier Johnny Grey is engaged to marry singer Mapy Cortes, but his plans go awry when he learns that he is the heir to $100,000 from his great-grandfather -- a bequest that comes with a ... See full summary »

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Terry Havalok-Allen
Harold Peary ...
Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve (as Harold Peary {The Great Gildersleeve})
Mapy Cortés ...
Mapy (as Mapy Cortes)
Ginny Simms ...
Ginny Simms
Freddy Martin ...
Freddy Martin
Les Brown ...
Les Brown
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Mickey Havalok-Allen
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Bitsy Slater
Lynn Royce & Vanya ...
Specialty Dancers (as Lynn) (as Royce & Vanya)
Ralph Edwards & Co. ...
Radio Performers
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Pvt. Pete Jackson
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Ralph Bell
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Sgt. Mead
Buddy Clark ...
Buddy Clark
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Soldier Johnny Grey is engaged to marry singer Mapy Cortes, but his plans go awry when he learns that he is the heir to $100,000 from his great-grandfather -- a bequest that comes with a catch: before claiming the money, Johnny must marry a descendant of his great-grandfather's Civil War enemy, General Havelock-Allen. Not wanting to disrupt his planned marriage to Mapy, Johnny must figure out how to concoct a temporary marriage-of-convenience with the descendant -- who turns out to be the beautiful Terry Havelock-Allen. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Trivia

Russell Hoyt, Frank Martinelli and Richard Martin are listed in studio records/casting call lists playing uncredited "Members of Financial Trio," and some references picked up that credit. However, no financial discussions takes place in the movie, other than those with the main characters. Since Richard Martin was seen in the film as a soldier and has virtually no lines, it can be assumed the other two are soldiers also and that the trio's participation in the plot was cut from the film. See more »

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Please Won't You Leave My Girl Alone
(1942)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Played during the opening credits
Sung and danced by the soldiers in the barracks, including Victor Mature, Peter Lind Hayes and Arnold Stang
Reprised at he end by soldiers on the ship and civilians waving goodbye
Played often as part of the score
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With soldiers like these, it's amazing that they won the war!!
29 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Seven Days' Leave" is a piece of wartime propaganda fluff--pure and simple. Much of it consists of lots of soldiers singing and dancing and putting flowers in their hats--and it makes you wonder HOW the US managed to win the war if these guys are like the soldiers they fielded during WWII! After a whole lot of singing and dancing, the plot FINALLY is introduced. Johnny Grey (Victor Mature) will inherit a fortune. He's thrilled and plans on marrying his girlfriend. HOWEVER, he soon learns that there is a stupid codicil to the will. He MUST marry a descendant of General Allen. It seems, in a VERY contrived plot twist, that Johnny's grandfather, General Grey, fought against General Allen during the Civil War. And, the will wants a descendant of Allen to marry a descendant of Grey to heal up these old wounds. And, this woman is NOT the lady he plans on marrying but Terry Allen (Lucille Ball)--a woman who HATES the Greys.

So, you've got a VERY contrived plot, lots of silly and superfluous singing and Victor Mature doing comedy. All in all, it sounds pretty bad...and it is. Even worse is when a fourth-rate guy does imitations of various celebrities. They announce each one before he begins--and you really need to be told who they are supposed to be because you really cannot tell by listening to him! A silly and forgettable film.

By the way, there is a very strange character in the film. Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve (Harold Peary) is the lawyer who handles the estate, right? Well, this same character (and actor) played Gildersleeve in quite a few other films. Plus, Gildersleeve was a very popular radio character who appeared regularly on "Fibber McGee and Molly" and later had his own spin off radio show starring, who else, Peary!


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