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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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This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Wednesday 11 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by San Francisco 24 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), by Los Angeles 25 July 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by New York City 4 August 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Bang! You're Dead (1961) See more »

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Afraid To Fall In Love
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Performed by Mickey Rooney and Gloria DeHaven
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Unmemorable musical adaptation of AH! WILDERNESS
23 February 2004 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

It is odd that three of our endearing and enduring Broadway musicals were adaptations of plays that had previously been turned into film musicals by different writing teams. PARFUMERIE became IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME on film, before becoming SHE LOVES ME on Broadway. MY SISTER EILEEN retained its title in the Hollywood musical adaptation and became WONDERFUL TOWN on Broadway. AH! WILDERNESS was turned into SUMMER HOLIDAY on film and later became Broadways' TAKE ME ALONG.

The film of SUMMER HOLIDAY has more going for it in artistic attempts gone wrong than in actual achievement. Rhyming dialogue flows into song and out of it (ala Rodgers and Hammerstein)quite frequently. The colors are lovely

  • the opening number -OUR HOME TOWN - owes a great deal to R&H's OUR STATE
FAIR opening in their Fox film released two years earlier.

What is the problem? Nothing much happens for 90 minutes. We don't particularly care about any of the characters- whether Sid stops drinking, whether Richard and Muriel get together or not - whether Lily gets Sid. The Broadway vehicle by Bob Merrill is much better written - we care very much about Sid, Lily and Richard - and the songs are exceptionally well written.

Here all the songs are duds - there are eight of them - not to mention four more that wound up on the cutting room floor and two that were written for the film and not used. That's nearly half the originally conceived score tossed out. What remains does not reveal character or move the plot along and are musically quite mediocre.

It's a colorful and nostalgic romp - MGM was probably hoping for a success similar to the one they had achieved with MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - also plotless but bubbling over with personality and unforgettable songs.

Mamoulian's direction here is tired and uninspired. Only worth catching if you are a fan of any of the players.


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