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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Wilson
... Cathy Wilson
... Dizzy Clayton
... Elena
... Richard
Elliott Mason ... Mrs. Hemmings
... Mr. Staines
... Mr. Hargrove
... Chemist
Henry B. Longhurst ... Petty Officer (as Henry Longhurst)
... Webster (as Billy Shine)
Billy Thatcher ... Essex
... Gordon
Rosamund Taylor ... Irene
Harry Ross ... Bill
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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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1 November 1945 (USA)  »

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Vacation from Marriage  »

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

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film won the Best Writing, Original Story Oscar for its only Academy Award nomination. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene Robert rips the page off a calendar exposing the page for Wednesday, April 4, 1940. That date fell on a Thursday. It is the correct day, though, for 1945 -- the year the movie was produced. See more »

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Referenced in Bhowani Junction (1956) See more »

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A nice "little" film about real characters and their growth as people
27 February 2001 | by See 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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