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Vacation from Marriage (1945)

Perfect Strangers (original title)
Passed | | Drama, Romance | 1 November 1945 (USA)
A dull married couple, separated by their enlistment during World War II, reunite after three years to find that they have become very different people.

Director:

Alexander Korda

Writers:

Clemence Dane (story), Anthony Pelissier (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Donat ... Robert Wilson
Deborah Kerr ... Cathy Wilson
Glynis Johns ... Dizzy Clayton
Ann Todd ... Elena
Roland Culver ... Richard
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. Hemmings
Eliot Makeham ... Mr. Staines
Brefni O'Rorke ... Mr. Hargrove
Ivor Barnard ... Chemist
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Petty Officer (as Henry Longhurst)
Bill Shine ... Webster (as Billy Shine)
Billy Thatcher Billy Thatcher ... Essex
Brian Weske ... Gordon
Rosamund Taylor Rosamund Taylor ... Irene
Harry Ross Harry Ross ... Bill
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Storyline

Robert and Catherine have a quiet little marriage until WWII separates them for three years. Serving in the navy dramatically transforms both of them and they realize how much they resented their old mundane life together. Both dread their inevitable reunion and separately decide to ask for a divorce, but is the marriage really over? Written by Kathy Li

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Mr. Chips Is Back In A New Thrilling Romance!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vacation from Marriage See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) (US) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's narration is spoken by Peter Lawford. See more »

Goofs

When the nurse Elena turns to say goodbye to Robert, the step she's on gives way and she lurches down about an inch or so, with an audible crunch. But she ignores it and the scene keeps going without a re-take. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bhowani Junction (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Daisy Bell
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Dacre
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A nice "little" film about real characters and their growth as people
27 February 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This film isn't a classic movie for the ages. It's probably not gong to be considered in any discussions of the "best" of all time. What it is, is a nice, charming delightful film about two people who have their nice routine lives changed by a little event-WWII! Over time, they change, they grow as people often do. The main question is, will their marriage grow and change, or will it flop around and expire like a fish out of water. The fact is, you come to truly care about them over the course of the film, in no small part because Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr deliver good peformances in what is a character-driven film. Well worth watching.


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