|SUMMER HOLIDAY (director: Rouben Mamoulian; screenwriters: from a Eugene O'Neill play/Frances Goodrich/Albert Hackett/Irving Brecher/Jean Holloway; cinematographer: Charles Schoenbaum; editor: Albert Akst; music: Conrad Salinger; cast: Gloria De Haven (Muriel), Mickey Rooney (Richard Miller), Frank Morgan (Uncle Sid), Walter Huston (Nat Miller, publisher), Marilyn Maxwell (Belle), Butch Jenkins (Tommy Miller), Agnes Moorehead (Cousin Lillie), Selena Royale (Mrs. Essie Miller); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Arthur Freed; MGM; 1948)|
turn of the century musical remake of the
hit 1935 MGM comedy-drama Ah, Wilderness!"
by Dennis Schwartz
A pleasant turn of
the century musical remake of the hit 1935 MGM
comedy-drama Ah, Wilderness! It's stylishly
directed by Rouben Mamoulian ("City
Streets"/"Love Me Tonight"/"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"),
as adapted from the play by Eugene O'Neill
that opened on Broadway in 1933. The team of
screenwriters include Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Irving Brecher, and Jean Holloway. It deals
with the life of a middle-class family in the New
England small-town of Danville, Connecticut. The gist
of the story is about the cautious puppy-love romance
between Richard Miller (Mickey Rooney), the caring
newspaper publisher's son (Walter
Huston), and the sweet girl living
across the street, Muriel (Gloria De
music sings to you, and remains true to the original.
The costumes with the faded looks are just fabulous.
The atmosphere seems to capture the spirit of the
small-town. The pacing is crisp. The Technicolor,
mostly of tints of yellow, beige and green,
makes it visually attractive as something Americana.
The actors are all appealing. Frank Morgan's
character, Uncle Sid, superbly blends together pathos
and comedy. While Butch Jenkins keeps things real as
the spry little family brat.
the film was completed in 1946, it wasn't released
until 1948. The studio felt the earlier time wasn't
the right time to release it for a good box office.
Nevertheless when released later the film was mostly
panned by the critics and bombed at the box office.
Today most consider it a minor classic.
REVIEWED ON 10/18/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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