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Seven Days' Leave (1942)

Soldier Johnny Grey is engaged to marry singer Mapy Cortes, but his plans go awry when he learns that he is the heir to $100,000 from his great-grandfather -- a bequest that comes with a ... See full summary »

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Tim Whelan

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William Bowers (original screenplay), Ralph Spence (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Johnny Grey
Lucille Ball ... Terry Havalok-Allen
Harold Peary ... Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve (as Harold Peary {The Great Gildersleeve})
Mapy Cortés ... Mapy (as Mapy Cortes)
Ginny Simms ... Ginny Simms
Freddy Martin Freddy Martin ... Freddy Martin
Les Brown Les Brown ... Les Brown
Marcy McGuire ... Mickey Havalok-Allen
Arnold Stang ... Bitsy Slater
Lynn Royce & Vanya Lynn Royce & Vanya ... Specialty Dancers (as Lynn) (as Royce & Vanya)
Ralph Edwards ... Ralph Edwards
Ralph Edwards & Co. Ralph Edwards & Co. ... Radio Performers
Peter Lind Hayes ... Pvt. Pete Jackson
Walter Reed ... Ralph Bell
Wallace Ford ... Sgt. Mead
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Soldier Johnny Grey is engaged to marry singer Mapy Cortes, but his plans go awry when he learns that he is the heir to $100,000 from his great-grandfather -- a bequest that comes with a catch: before claiming the money, Johnny must marry a descendant of his great-grandfather's Civil War enemy, General Havelock-Allen. Not wanting to disrupt his planned marriage to Mapy, Johnny must figure out how to concoct a temporary marriage-of-convenience with the descendant -- who turns out to be the beautiful Terry Havelock-Allen. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1942 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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War Is Hell Unless You Are Victor Mature
9 November 2006 | by Patriotlad@aol.comSee all my reviews

This film is a most interesting and intriguing cultural document: it was released in November of 1942, or less than a year after the attack at Pearl Harbor. As most any person who paid attention in their American history class might know, the first year of the declared war against Japan, Germany and Italy did NOT go very well for the United States. Aside from the shocking losses sustained by the fleet at Pearl Harbor and by the Army Air Corps units there, and the deaths of civilians on Hawai'i, there was the slow-moving disaster in the Philippines as the Japanese forces invaded, and rolled up the resistance.

U.S. and Philippino losses in that first year of the war were heavy, and the treatment of the prisoners of war there was shocking and brutal, and fairly well-known before 1945.

Watching this film, now, some sixty-four years later, one almost gets the sense of this being a "mockumentary." Of course, it isn't. It's a romantic comedy. But Victor Mature and his Army buddies are entirely too happy for newly minted soldiers facing the grim reality of mortal combat.

This film is a goofy, confusing and fast-paced romantic comedy. It has some nice comedic moments but the true value of this film fiction lies in the romantic music and in the performance of Lucille Ball.

Personality wise, Victor Mature comes off as being kind of ... cheesy ... which is unfair because many people who have considered his entire career find in him an actor capable of subtle and nuanced performances. He could and did play 'noble and heroic' types and he could also be the less-than-acceptable Cad & Bounder. In this film he's a high-voltage goof-ball surrounded by screwball types.

Film buffs who do not know much about cinema productions made during the war really ought to make it their mission to see this film the next time it comes around on Turner Classic Movies. It is fun, in the aforementioned goofy way, Ms. Ball scintillates, and the singing of Ginny Simms and the big band music is exceptional, truly exceptional.

Some day, some day soon, hopefully, some august person will write a dissertation or a pop culture book on the subject of ...

Where Did Rock & Roll Go Wrong ?

Looking back at Bill Haley & The Comets, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, the doo-wop era and the blues-oriented vocal groups of the 1950s, most anyone can see that rock & roll music grew out of the "swing" movement in the big band era.

But what happened to the genius deployed in the big band styles ? How could it have become obsolete so quickly ? Was it "television" that killed the big bands ?? Get a load of the song stylings in this peculiar film, crafted, clearly crafted, as a form of 'feel good' entertainment for the home-front at a time when the news was bad, grim and getting grimmer, and most anyone will have to ask -- where did all those brilliant singers go ??? This is a good film and got a six, but only because the plot is entirely paper-thin. But that didn't stop either Ball or Mature from hamming it up and having a very good time on the silver screen.


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