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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cpl. Paul Hodges
... Lt. Vicki Loren
... Harvey Franklin
... Sandra Roca - the Argentine Bombshell
... Liz Baker
... Henri Valentin
... Col. Leland
... Rene Valentin
... Maj. Collins
... 'Sylvia', MP #1
... Pvt. Marvin Brewer
... French Nurse
... Sgt. Nickles
Dick Crockett ... Hans, MP #2
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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287 CERTIFIED LAUGHS!* - *Certified in audience tests by Sindlinger & Co., Inc. Research Division, Ridley Park , Penn. See more »

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Urlaubsschein nach Paris  »

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The US Air Force fighter aircraft Cpl. Hodges pulls up in to meet Sandra Roca, The Argentine Bombshell, at the Air Force base is a North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre (FW-922, SN 63922). You can see Boeing DC-3s (or C-47s) in the background, as well as a North American Aviation B-25. See more »

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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 »

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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 See 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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