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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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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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16 April 1948 (USA)  »

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Ah, Wilderness!  »

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$2,258,325 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of MGM's biggest flops, and the biggest flop for director Rouben Mamoulian, who had directed the original stage productions of "Oklahoma!", "Carousel", and "Porgy and Bess". In fact, Mamoulian, who exercised complete control over all his films, was blamed so much for the film's failure that MGM had to think twice before hiring him for their 1957 film musical "Silk Stockings". See more »

Goofs

Both the man and the woman portraying the "American Gothic" couple cast shadows on the background as they step into frame, revealing the house behind them is a painted flat. See more »

Quotes

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 Zingend in de wildernis (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

While The Men Are All Drinking
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Performed by female chorus
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An amazing star-turn by Marilyn Maxwell...
28 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A perfectly enjoyable bit of mid-era Freed Unit MGM, with many of the hallmarks of their greatest musicals. But the real surprise in this film is the extended bar room sequence in which Mickey Rooney is led astray by a wanton showgirl named "Belle," played in an extraordinarily vivid way by Marilyn Maxwell. She positively glows in her many extreme close-ups as she tries to vamp Mickey Rooney down the path of corruption. Her Technicolor costume changes color throughout the scene, reflecting Rooney's increasing drunkenness. As mentioned by other reviewers here, the number is sort of a stand-alone scene that seems rather transplanted from another film altogether...but for this viewer, it's a welcomed shot of "oomph", incongruous or not. One is left wondering why it is that Miss Maxwell is largely forgotten today and wasn't really handed any other roles that fulfilled the promise she showed in "Summer Holiday" (with the possible exception of her equally vivid showing in "The Lemon Drop Kid"). She had a long and busy career, mostly in television...yet her name rings few bells today. Could it be that a certain "Norma Jeane Baker," in largely co-opting her name, sort of pulled the rug out from under her in the process? Bottom-line: If you don't want to see the whole film, tune in about halfway through and catch an indelible star-turn by an indelible star: Marilyn Maxwell. It's her film.


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