Summer Holiday (1948)

 |  Musical  |  16 April 1948 (USA)
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Danville, Connecticut at the turn of the century. Young Richard Miller lives in a middle-class neighborhood with his family. He is in love with the girl next-door, Muriel, but her father ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Muriel McComber (as Gloria De Haven)
Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins ...
Tommy Miller (as Butch Jenkins)
Marilyn Maxwell ...
Selena Royle ...
Michael Kirby ...
Shirley Johns ...
Hal Hackett ...
Elsie Rand (as Ann Francis)
John Alexander ...
Virginia Brissac ...


Danville, Connecticut at the turn of the century. Young Richard Miller lives in a middle-class neighborhood with his family. He is in love with the girl next-door, Muriel, but her father isn't too happy with their puppy-love, since Richard always share his revolutionary ideas with her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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M-G-M's Great American Musical!




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Release Date:

16 April 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ah, Wilderness!  »

Box Office


$2,258,325 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cinematographer Charles Rosher started the picture, but after several weeks he was replaced by Charles Edgar Schoenbaum. See more »


As Uncle Sid prepares to go onto the "field of honor" in the beer drinking contest, he has a mug full of dark beer. It changes to a lighter-colored amber beer in the next shot. See more »


Richard Miller: Mankind was better off when lived in the Dark Ages. When everybody went around naked!
Uncle Sid: Well, maybe so. But today it might interfere with your social life.
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Version of Front Row Center: Ah, Wilderness! (1955) See more »


The Stanley Steamer
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Performed by Mickey Rooney, Gloria DeHaven, Walter Huston, Selena Royle (dubbed by Denny Wilson),
Agnes Moorehead and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins (as Butch Jenkins)
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Mickey Rooney and the rest of the cast made Summer Holiday pretty entertaining
11 May 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

With Mickey Rooney having died about a month ago, I went to the library to see if any of his films were there. I managed to find both this and Thoroughbreds Don't Cry there and checked them out. I just reviewed TDC so this is what I think of this one: It's quite good with the musical numbers and some of the atmosphere of both clean-cut small-town Americana and the more brassy charm of low-rent bars when the Rooney character goes to meet some dance hall girls and has an eye-popping' encounter with Marilyn Maxwell. Gloria DeHaven has her own wholesome charms as his girl-next-door partner. Walter Huston is fine as his wise father. And Frank Morgan is charismatic as his drunk uncle. The songs by Harry Warren and Ralph Blaine are tuneful enough. And the screenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett-who also wrote my favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life-has some nice humorous touches. Not great, but Summer Holiday was entertaining enough for me.

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