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Vacation from Marriage (1945)

Perfect Strangers (original title)
Approved | | 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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Bill Shine ...
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Storyline

Robert and Catherine have a quiet little marriage until WWII 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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1 November 1945 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print) (US) | (original)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie under the alternate title "VACATION FROM MARRIAGE" on May 26, 1947 with Deborah Kerr reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When the nurse Elena turns to say goodbye to Robert, the step she's on gives way and she lurches down about an inch or so, with an audible crunch. But she ignores it and the scene keeps going without a re-take. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bhowani Junction (1956) See more »

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Home Sweet Home
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Music by H.R. Bishop
Lyrics by John Howard Payne
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Great stories never die. Or do they?
7 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are certain stories that are so original and intrinsically entertaining that they get reinvented every 20 or 30 years. Case in point, "The shop around the corner", which became "In the good old summertime" and finally "You've got mail". That's the kind of originality that runs through this story. Premise: A young married couple about to be parted for 3 years, both to do duty in her Majesty's Royal Navy in WWII. He's timid and boring. She's mousy and sickly. He becomes bold and manly. She blossoms into an attractive and assertive woman. Both now dread having to meet each other again after several years separation, remembering only how each partner use to be like. What happens when they meet again is pure fun. Why are there no remakes of this terrific story? We've had plenty of new wars to use as a background. People still change, sometimes for the better, during long separations. I have a VHS copy of this story taped from TV years ago. I only wish they would sell this movie again, while we wait for the updated script someone should write.


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