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Holiday Affair (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 24 December 1949 (USA)
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A young widow is romanced by a sales clerk whom she inadvertently got fired.

Director:

Don Hartman

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (screenplay), John D. Weaver (story "Christmas Gift")
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Steve Mason
Janet Leigh ... Connie Ennis
Wendell Corey ... Carl Davis
Gordon Gebert Gordon Gebert ... Timmy Ennis
Griff Barnett ... Mr. Ennis
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Ennis
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Crowley
Harry Morgan ... Police Lieutenant (as Henry Morgan)
Larry J. Blake ... Plainclothesman
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Emily
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Storyline

Just before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason meets big spending customer Connie Ennis, really a commercial spy. He unmasks her but lets her go, which gets him fired. They end up on a date, which doesn't sit well with Connie's steady suitor, Carl, but delights her son Timmy, who doesn't want Carl for a step-dad. Standard (if sweet) romantic complications follow. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It happens in December...but it's hotter than July! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The address of the rooming house where Robert Mitchum's character is living at the end of the film, given as #137 Christopher Street, is the address for the entrance for the Port Authority Trans-Hudson rapid transit system serving Newark, Harrison, Hoboken, and Jersey City in metropolitan northern New Jersey, as well as lower and midtown Manhattan. The address, which has been there since 1912, may here been chosen by the producers since it's not an actual residential address. See more »

Goofs

When Timmy is taking everyone's picture at dinner with his new camera, there is no flash bulb in the flash. None of the pictures would have come out. See more »

Quotes

Police Lieutenant: The guy's without a job, gives Christmas presents to a tramp. Gets Christmas presents from a little girl with a balloon on her head. Eats in the park with the seals. Is a mother and father to an orphan squirrel. You don't think the guy's a suspicious character?
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in a computer-colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Burns
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pleasant holiday film sings with the season
24 August 2001 | by limsgirlSee all my reviews

After accidentally discovering this film on one or another classic film network's graveyard shift holiday schedule, I've often wondered why it is not more prominently featured. The film blends some time honored themes of Christmas (the suspense and longing children feel at Christmastime, for example) with more complex undertones involving Janet Leigh's character, Connie. You see, Connie needs to decide whether she asked Santa for the safe and familiar toy (Wendell Corey) or the complicated model shipped without directions that may be a whole lot more interesting (Robert Mitchum). Leigh's wistful performance as a war widow struggling with needing to begin life again while trying to preserve the memory of her husband rings true. This is a great little holiday film and is now shown every Christmas at my house, just in case it gets relegated again to the no-show lists on air. Mitchum's performance is effortless and he seems to be enjoying himself-you will, too.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Gift See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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