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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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Elliott Mason ...
Mrs. Hemmings
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Mr. Staines
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Mr. Hargrove
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Henry B. Longhurst ...
Petty Officer (as Henry Longhurst)
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Webster (as Billy Shine)
Billy Thatcher ...
Essex
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Gordon
Rosamund Taylor ...
Irene
Harry Ross ...
Bill
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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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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 broadcasted a sixty minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 26, 1947, with Deborah Kerr reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

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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I Don't Want To Be Hurt Again
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Music by Jack Strachey
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
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Almost Perfect
21 January 2005 | by 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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