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The Perfect Furlough (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 30 November 1958 (USA)
To pacify 104 sex-starved male soldiers building an Arctic radar base, Army psychologist Vicki Loren suggests choosing one by lot to have a "perfect furlough" as selected by the men: three ... See full summary »

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Blake Edwards

Writer:

Stanley Shapiro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Cpl. Paul Hodges
Janet Leigh ... Lt. Vicki Loren
Keenan Wynn ... Harvey Franklin
Linda Cristal ... Sandra Roca - the Argentine Bombshell
Elaine Stritch ... Liz Baker
Marcel Dalio ... Henri Valentin
Les Tremayne ... Col. Leland
Jay Novello ... Rene Valentin
King Donovan ... Maj. Collins
Gordon Jones ... 'Sylvia', MP #1
Alvy Moore ... Pvt. Marvin Brewer
Lilyan Chauvin ... French Nurse
Troy Donahue ... Sgt. Nickles
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Hans, MP #2
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... French Doctor
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To pacify 104 sex-starved male soldiers building an Arctic radar base, Army psychologist Vicki Loren suggests choosing one by lot to have a "perfect furlough" as selected by the men: three weeks in Paris with their favorite pin-up queen, Sandra Roca. Since "winner" Paul Hodges is a tireless Don Juan, and this is a fifties comedy, Vicki is ordered to keep Paul and Sandra out of bed. But who will guard the guardian? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Tony in a performance above and beyond the call of duty! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 November 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Urlaubsschein nach Paris See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Upon Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh starring in their first film together, Houdini (1953), there was a controversy who would get top billing. Janet Leigh had more seniority, as she made her feature film debut in 1947, while Tony Curtis (who had played bit parts and extras) finally made his in 1951. However, Leigh said that she would take second billing to Curtis in any picture they made together. Hence the reason Curtis gets billing over Leigh in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Sandra Roca falls into the grape crushing vat, she is shown submerged up to her neck, her dress completely soaked. When she returns to the hotel, her dress now only has spotty areas of grape juice, occurring all the way down the dress. See more »

Quotes

Paul Hodges: Lieutenant. As a psychologist to a patient, what's wrong with me?
Lt. Vicki Loren: Well, I don't know you well enough to say.
Paul Hodges: Well, I do know there's something wrong with me. For an example, here I am a grown man and I still like women.
Lt. Vicki Hodges: There's absolutely nothing abnormal about a man liking women, Corporal. But there is a limit.
Paul Hodges: What do you do after you catch the limit? You throw the next one back?
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Pleasant if unmemorable
13 August 2014 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

This isn't a perfect movie. It's unlikely to end up on anyone's ten best list in any category. But it's a perfectly enjoyable way to wile away 90 minutes.

Briefly, it's the story of an oversexed serviceman, Curtis, who manages to win a three-week furlough in Paris with an Argentine bombshell-movie "actress". That's the first part of the movie, and it's pretty obvious.

In the second half, Curtis' character falls in love with Janet Leigh's character, an army psychologist who has been sent to Paris to keep Curtis' character from having sex with the bombshell or otherwise embarrassing the American military while on furlough in Paris. There is actual chemistry between the two - not a surprise, as they evidently married after making this movie - and the scenes between the two of them are more than just slapstick by the book.

The ending is obvious, but what you would expect from a 1950s romantic comedy.

Unlike a lot of other American movies set in Paris in the 1950s, this one doesn't do much with the location. But that's fine.

Not a great movie, certainly, but not a bad one.


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