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Vacation from Marriage (1945)

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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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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

Uniforms worn by the characters are 100% correct. Cathy's WREN uniform when she joins has the pre-1942 soft cap. Towards the end of the movie, it is updated to the correct later style cap. When working with her boat crew, she wears correct men's bell bottoms and white top, and the lanyard with knife. The nurse Elena wears a correct tropical dress white uniform of Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service, with white tippet (short cape). 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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Referenced in Bhowani Junction (1956) See more »

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Wedding March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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A husband and wife go in separate directions during WW II
14 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Deborah Kerr and Robert Donat give wonderful performances in "Vacation from Marriage," a 1945 film directed by Alexander Korda. It's the story of a boring British couple - she's a mousy housewife prone to colds, and he's a mousy accountant who lives by a strict routine. When World War II hits, he joins the Navy and she joins the WRENS. He becomes very healthy, authoritative, and adventurous, and she becomes glamorous and independent. When faced with 10 days leave after nearly three years apart, neither one is looking forward to seeing the other again.

This very enjoyable film is heightened by the performances of the leads, both of whom ably demonstrate their change of personality and appearance after a few years of war. Glynis Johns is very good in a supporting role as well.

Highly recommended.


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