In 1944, three Navy pilots stationed in Hawaii and a P.R. officer go on a 4-day leave to San Francisco where they party with a good crowd in the executive suite of a busy hotel.


Stanley Donen


Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) (as Julius Epstein), Luther Davis (play) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Cmdr. Andy Crewson
Jayne Mansfield ... Alice Kratzner
Leif Erickson ... Eddie Turnbill
Suzy Parker ... Gwinneth Livingston
Ray Walston ... Lt. (j.g.) McCann
Larry Blyden ... Mississip
Nathaniel Frey ... CPO Ruddle
Werner Klemperer ... Lt. Walter Wallace
Jack Mullaney ... Ens. Albert Lewis


Three decorated Navy pilots finagle a four day leave in San Francisco. They procure a posh suite at the hotel and Commander Crewson, a master of procurement, arranges to populate it with party people. Lieutenant Wallace is trying to get the pilots to make speeches to rally the homefront at shipyard magnate Eddie Turnbill's plants, but they're tired of the war and just want to have fun. While Crewson begins falling in love with Turnbill's fiancée Gwinneth Livingston, he tries to ignore the distant call of war. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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They tried so hard ... so very hard ... not to fall in love !


Comedy | Romance


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The film's plot was partially based on Frederick Wakeman's novel, "Shore Leave." The book, influenced by Wakeman's own experiences in the U. S. Navy was a satirical critique of war contracts. See more »


The large white sign at the military base at 4:02 has "Ordinance Bldg." at the top; that should no doubt be "Ordnance Bldg." (munitions or supplies, not a statute). See more »


Gwinneth Livingston: Do you love me Crewson?
Cmdr. Andy Crewson: I do, I love you.
Gwinneth Livingston: What kind of love?
Cmdr. Andy Crewson: All kinds. Sacred and profane.
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Referenced in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) See more »


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Music by Harry Warren
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capable wartime romance-drama that holds due to Grant
29 May 2000 | by Maestro-15See all my reviews

This film is interesting for only one reason - Cary Grant - he is the star and he stands head and shoulders above everyone in this film - even if you dont believe him in the character he is portraying here. As for the story - it focuses on what it must have like to be on shore leave in San Fransisco during World War II. This was based on a popular play in its day - but 20th Century Fox needed something to do with their new sex symbol - Jayne Mansfield - so they dumped her in these party scenes showing off her figure.(not bad) but it seems misplaced. The big tragedy of this film is gorgeous Suzy Parker - who wasn't that bad in this but didn't have much of a career after this apparently. Thats a tragedy.

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Release Date:

10 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kiss Them for Me See more »


Box Office


$1,945,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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