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Jane Powell and Ricardo Mantalban headline this film made in 1950. Debbie Reynolds was the supporting star early in her career. Jane Powell has said that this was one of her favorite films to work on, despite being more famous for "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers." The plot is about Jane's character trying to break out into womanhood, despite her mother trying to keep her a little girl. Along the way, she falls for a young Cuban (Mantalban) and conflicts between Powell, her mother and her romantic rival climax at a good moment. Debbie Reynolds is Jane Powell's younger sister in the film and sings her first record hit, "Aba Daba Honeymoon" with Carlton Carpenter. This song is available from Curb Records nowadays. Not to be outdone singing at an early age, Debbie's sparkling style of acting was the real highlight of the film. Her character's wit and occasional negative attitude creates a "she's so cute" attitude towards her from the audience. Debbie fans will notice this right of the bat. Despite being 17 or 18 when the film was shot, the film calls for her to be 14 or 15, and she looks it too. This film is not one of the "Great Classics" of Hollywood, but Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds' fans should thoroughly enjoy this one. Jane Powell would go on to star with Debbie Reynolds in "Athena" and "Hit the Deck." Ricardo Mantalban would star with Debbie Reynolds 16 years later, in "The Singing Nun."
I haven't seen this one in a long time, since I caught a TV broadcast some years ago. But I'll never forget its gentle high spirits; the warm and humorous work of the ensemble cast; M-G-M's studio-bound but, as always, first-class production values; and, of course, the happy showcasing of Jane Powell at her best. But one thing that amused me the most was the extremely sly performance by Debbie Reynolds, so early in her career. She appeared in many comedy-with-music films in the years to follow but I can't think of one that so cleverly mined her very special talent for, shall we say, winking at the audience and bringing her uniquely appealing sense of humor to the proceedings, without in the least stepping out of character. Think I'll splurge and get my own VHS copy of this one. Nostalgia can be fun, n'est-ce pas?!?
This movie used to be shown on the old UHF stations like WOR, Channel 5 in New York. We were able to receive this station with wonderful old movies even though we lived in the Philly suburbs. I can remember carefree summer days and movies like this on all the time. It was one of my mother's favorites and it became ours as well. I always remember Debbie Reynolds singing and how funny she was. I wanted to be there, at that same hotel, playing with Debbie and having a great time. Oh how I wish they would make movies like this again, movies that are fun and sweet.But the people creating film today enjoy wallowing in darkness and despair. But that's another topic. This is a fun film, perfect for kids and summer and escape. GallenR
There's just something about watching an MGM musical from their golden age.
Musicals from that time had a special look and feel like nothing before or
since, wonderful displays of showmanship and design and talent that cast a
gorgeous glow over the screen. Sure, they were corny and silly sometimes,
but they entertained.
`Two Weeks With Love' is typical of this period. The story follows adolescent Patti Robinson (Jane Powell) on her family vacation to Kissimee in the Catskills, where she meets and falls in love with the dashing Demi Armendez (Ricardo Montalban). Patti pursues Demi and the hotel bellboy Billy (Carleton Carpenter) pursues Patti and Patti's sister Melba (Debbie Reynolds) pursues Billy, and Patti and Melba's Mama and Papa (Ann Harding and Louis Calhern) struggle to accept that their little girl is growing up
`Two Weeks' is one of those movies that's a pure joy to watch, just ninety minutes of lighthearted fun and sweetness. It's a time capsule from a simpler age, when problems were never really as bad as they seemed and true love could conquer all. Sigh
Yes, remade as DIRTY DANCING! I was lucky enough to see this hilarious and enchanting film in real 3 strip Technicolor in the early 1970s when every Sunday night there would be a classic double at a local theatre.......I can't ever describe how beautiful the colour is / was in this format. Often it played with a 3 strip tech print of Singin In The Rain, so imagine the imagery left to take home and replay in my head...... The cinema was always full (700 +) and the crowd just roared with appreciation. This is a very funny film and one that really addresses teen worries in the most lovable way. One sequence where the families go night time boating with lanterns, all to the song By The Light Of The Silvery Moon is spellbinding enough to transport the hardiest soul to sheer bliss (my brother). Kids need to see this film today and if you can show it to them, they will put aside their demands and really come to love it. The raisins reference above is from the most uproarious dinner time gag early in the film. Have a look....it's delivered perfectly. Like the film.
One of Jane Powell's more popular musicals was this turn of the last
century classic, Two Weeks With Love. With music and atmosphere set in
the Theodore Roosevelt era, Two Weeks With Love is good entertainment
and marked Debbie Reynolds's breakthrough film.
The Robinson family headed by Louis Calhern and Ann Harding are taking their annual two weeks outing in the Catskills, circa 1905. Apparent to all, but Ann Harding, her daughter Jane Powell is developing a figure. However we've got a firm rule in this family, no corset until her 18th birthday.
Another person stymied by the 18th birthday rule is Carleton Carpenter who is 17 and still in knickers. Father Clinton Sundberg owns the hotel that Robinsons stay at and will not give him long pants.
Though Powell and Reynolds can still play as teenagers, Carleton Carpenter is positively ridiculous playing a 17 year old. He's quite a bit over 6 feet tall, but that's good in a way, because that's part of his gawkiness. Where in the name of the Deity were they finding knickers back in the first decade of the last century for someone over 6 feet tall beggars the imagination.
There's a nice mixture of period, public domain music that MGM didn't have to shell out for the rights that Powell, Reynolds and Carpenter perform. Debbie Reynolds as Powell's younger sister sang Abba Dabba Honeymoon with Carpenter here and it became the hit and the song had a revival in popularity in 1950. Powell's best number is in an imaginary sequence singing Come, Hero Mine from The Chocolate Soldier. Again, MGM owned the rights by dint of purchasing that property for their Chocolate Soldier film from nine years before where Rise Stevens and Nelson Eddy duet ed this one.
Powell also dances a mean tango with Ricardo Montalban the object of her youthful crush and why she's so anxious to show her figure off.
Ann Harding as a mom is nice and loving and doesn't have a clue. She dresses her boys, Tommy Rettig and Gary Gray, in Reynolds's and Powell's old hand me down nighties. Mom, get real.
Two Weeks With Love is a nice trip down memory lane and back when it was released people actually did have memories of the turn of the last century.
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A beautiful, innocent show -- well sort of. The turn-of-the-century
generation was not naive about sex, they just had a better way of
making it subtle.
Has nobody guessed? This is the movie which was updated to become, I kid you not, Dirty Dancing. The father-daughter tenderness, the girl who loves to dance and who takes over at the Catskill resort entertainment when the jealous leading lady has a problem, the coming of age of a woman on vacation with the cooperation of an entertainer -- "Mr. Robinson, your child is no longer a child." The parents' yielding to the breakdown of social barriers. It's all there.
I love this movie not just because of Jane Powell's charming performance or Ricardo Montalban's romantic looks, but for its wonderful recreation of the period and most of all for its heartfelt appreciation of the angst of growing up and moving from girl to woman. And it's so funny!- the scene where her (surgical) corset locks during her longed-for dance with Ricardo is hilarious. What more could you ask - even Debbie Reynolds is (comparatively) restrained.
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This is Jane Powell's best film. It's a perfect film to lift your spirits when you are down. Every song in the film is wonderful. The best songs being By the Light of the Silvery Moon & Abba Dabba Honeymoon & Row, Row, Row. Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter sing the last two. Jane Powell has stated this is her favorite film and you can see why with all the wonderful scenes. Jane plays Patty who has just turned 17 and she wants to start dating and wearing a corset. Her mother(Ann Harding) won't let her until she is 18. Debbie Reynolds plays her kid sister and steals a lot of scenes. I think it's her best part next to her part in Singin' in the Rain. Her father(Louis Calhern) tries to help Jane, but mother wins out. Carelton Carpenter who plays Billie falls for Jane early on and Debbie falls for him. Phyllis Kirk plays Valerie a snobby friend of Jane's. She shows Jane her new corset. She runs out after they see Ricardo Montalban. Debbie continues to offer herself to Carleton, but he wants Jane. Jane finally meets Ricardo and she is responsible for dumping pudding on him. She runs off. She runs into him again and has to turn him down for the dance because she does not have a corset and she is embarrassed. She does not tell him this. She also has a young girl's bathing suit on and she hides when Ricardo walks by. The next scene has the best song of the film, "Abba Dabba Honeymoon. It is performed perfectly by Debbie Reynolds & Carleton Carpenter. Jane is rejected again when Ricardo won't take her on a canoe ride because she says she can't swim. She finds out her snobby friend is trying to sabotage her relationship with him so she can get him. Jane goes into a canoe by herself and falls in the lake. Ricardo tries to save her and she struggles to shore so he won't find out she is wearing a corset. She dances with him the next night at arms length. She is having a great time and the the snobby girl tell's all the guys she does not wear a corset and they make fun of her. She also tells Ricardo. Jane runs off crying. Her father decides to buy her a corset the next day. He buys her a surgical corset. Jane and her mother talk it over and she agrees to get her a corset. Jane then has a wonderful dream sequence wearing a pink corset. She looks stunningly beautiful. She really has a nice pair of legs. She sings and dances with Ricardo. The next night she gets to fill in and dance with Ricardo in her new corset given to her by her father. The do a wonderful dance, but her corset locks as the dance ends. The whole family comes to her aide and her mother releases her from the corset. It turns out her father bought her a surgical corset. Ricardo tells her parents of his intentions to see Jane and court her. Happy ending to a great film. I challenge anyone who loves old musicals to not enjoy this film. Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Louis Calhern, Carleton Carpenter & Debbie Reynolds are perfectly cast for this film. Great, Awesome, Incredible Film.
I couldn't love this movie more. Jane Powell, a sensational actress, gives an exceptional performance. Ricardo Montalban is an absolute dream and is so hilarious. Could Debbie Reynolds be more adorable? You can't help but fall in love with the entire cast.
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