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Vacation from Marriage (1945)
"Perfect Strangers" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  1 November 1945 (USA)
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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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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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Release Date:

1 November 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vacation from Marriage  »

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

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"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 »


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 »


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Almost Perfect
21 January 2005 | by (Austin TX) – See all my reviews

The first two thirds of this movie are perfect! The remaking of Robert and Catherine is depicted in the subtle way I wanted it done. And the mirroring of their war experiences worked very well. At the same points in the movie they were made over, they were heroes, they were attracted to other people. It was utterly predictable, but surprise wasn't the point. The point was to tease out their reunion into a deliciously excruciating wait, and that worked. I was right there for it the whole time—and then they botched the ending. Instead of taking pains with the nuances of the couple's becoming interested in each other again—which could have been achingly romantic—we get a short cut: a dumb marital squabble that is out of character with their new war-forged maturity. Ah well. It was really close.

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