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The Perfect Furlough
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Release Date:
30 November 1958 (USA) See more »
104 POLAR-TRAPPED G.I.s picked the army's champ woman-chaser to take their furlough by proxy! See more »
To pacify 104 sex-starved male soldiers building an Arctic radar base, Army psychologist Vicki Loren... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Pleasant if unmemorable See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tony Curtis ... Cpl. Paul Hodges

Janet Leigh ... Lt. Vicki Loren

Keenan Wynn ... Harvey Franklin

Linda Cristal ... Sandra Roca - the Argentine Bombshell

Elaine Stritch ... Liz Baker

Marcel Dalio ... Henri Valentin

Les Tremayne ... Col. Leland

Jay Novello ... Rene Valentin

King Donovan ... Maj. Collins

Gordon Jones ... 'Sylvia', MP #1

Alvy Moore ... Pvt. Marvin Brewer

Lilyan Chauvin ... French Nurse

Troy Donahue ... Sgt. Nickles
Dick Crockett ... Hans, MP #2
Eugene Borden ... French Doctor
James Lanphier ... Assistant Hotel Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Anthony ... French Officer (uncredited)
Patty Lou Arden ... Airline Hostess (uncredited)
Geneviève Aumont ... Pregnant Woman (uncredited)
Dwayne Avery ... Soldier (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Dombrowski (uncredited)

Gail Bonney ... Spinster (uncredited)
George Boyce ... Waiter (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Karl Brindle ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jan Brooks ... French Girl (uncredited)
George Calliga ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Winemaker (uncredited)

Albert Carrier ... Hairdresser (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Reporter at Airport (uncredited)
H. Haile Chace ... Wilson (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Louise Colombet ... Flower Vendor (uncredited)
David Constantine ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Tony Corrado ... Soldier (uncredited)

Frankie Darro ... Soldier in Hospital in Cast (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Roger Etienne ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Robert Fortin ... Busboy (uncredited)
Joe Gold ... Medic (uncredited)

James Gonzalez ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Norman Grabowski ... Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
Scott Groves ... Medic (uncredited)

Phil Harvey ... Capt. Morgan (uncredited)
Byron Kane ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Sheila Keddy ... Mrs. Daphne Appleton (uncredited)
George Lake ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Hugh Lawrence ... Capt. Johnson (uncredited)
Donald Lawton ... Mr. Appleton (uncredited)

Carey Loftin ... French Cart Peddler (uncredited)
Phil Marco ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Bartender (uncredited)

Tina Menard ... Masseusse (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ... Bennett (uncredited)
George Navarro ... Frenchman (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Jacques - Hotel Doorman (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Hotel House Detective (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ... Ethel - Spinster (uncredited)
Vernon Rich ... Henry (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Reporter (uncredited)
Marcel Rousseau ... Marcel - Magistrate (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Tailor (uncredited)
Karen Scott ... French Waitress (uncredited)
Lisa Simon ... French Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Smiley ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Ray Smith ... Soldier (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe ... Bailey (uncredited)
Nino Tempo ... Winkler (uncredited)
Terry Terrill ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Truax ... Higgins (uncredited)
Frankie Van ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bruce Wendell ... Photographer (uncredited)

Ted White ... Soldier (uncredited)
Douglas Williams ... Cook (uncredited)

Carleton Young ... Maj. Morrow (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
Writing credits
Stanley Shapiro (written by)

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop  (as Philip Lathrop)
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (gowns)
Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Foster Thompson .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director
Terence Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
James Mobley .... sound (as James F. Mobley)
George Hoagland .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jim O'Brien .... sound editor (uncredited)
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunt double: Tony Curtis (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
Byron Kane .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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93 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

This film is one of four films that Tony Curtis made in 1958. The other three are The Vikings (also with Janet Leigh, as well as Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine), The Defiant Ones (with Sidney Poitier), and Kings Go Forth (with Frank Sinatra and Natalie Wood).See more »
Paul Hodges:Lieutenant. As a psychologist to a patient, what's wrong with me?
Lt. Vicki Loren:Well, I don't know you well enough to say.
Paul Hodges:Well, I do know there's something wrong with me. For an example, here I am a grown man and I still like women.
Lt. Vicki Hodges:There's absolutely nothing abnormal about a man liking women, Corporal. But there is a limit.
Paul Hodges:What do you do after you catch the limit? You throw the next one back?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Crawlspace (1986)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Pleasant if unmemorable, 13 August 2014
Author: richard-1787 ( from United States

This isn't a perfect movie. It's unlikely to end up on anyone's ten best list in any category. But it's a perfectly enjoyable way to wile away 90 minutes.

Briefly, it's the story of an oversexed serviceman, Curtis, who manages to win a three-week furlough in Paris with an Argentine bombshell-movie "actress". That's the first part of the movie, and it's pretty obvious.

In the second half, Curtis' character falls in love with Janet Leigh's character, an army psychologist who has been sent to Paris to keep Curtis' character from having sex with the bombshell or otherwise embarrassing the American military while on furlough in Paris. There is actual chemistry between the two - not a surprise, as they evidently married after making this movie - and the scenes between the two of them are more than just slapstick by the book.

The ending is obvious, but what you would expect from a 1950s romantic comedy.

Unlike a lot of other American movies set in Paris in the 1950s, this one doesn't do much with the location. But that's fine.

Not a great movie, certainly, but not a bad one.

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