|VACATION FROM MARRIAGE (PERFECT STRANGERS) (director: Alexander Korda; screenwriters: Clemence Dane/Anthony Pelissier/from the story by Dane; cinematographer: Georges Perinal; editor: E. B. Jarvis; music: Clifton Parker; cast: Robert Donat (Robert Wilson), Deborah Kerr (Catherine Wilson), Roland Culver (Richard), Glynis Johns (Dizzy), Ann Todd (Elena), Elliott Mason (), Molly Monks (Meg), Allan Jeayes (Commander), Caven Watson (Scotty) Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Alexander Korda; Warner Home Video (MGM); 1945-UK/USA)|
decent comedy that misses the mark, as it
never becomes that enticing."
by Dennis Schwartz
decent comedy that misses the mark, as it never
becomes that enticing. It was shot by the MGM
British studio, in its London Denham
Studios, in b/w, during wartime and under
horrible wartime conditions. The pic was a
commercial success in both Britain and the States.
Hamilton Woman") flatly directs this outdated story,
in which he doesn't seem to want to make. It's based
in the story by Clemence Dane.
Robert and Catherine Wilson (Robert Donat & Deborah
Kerr) have a quiet but drab marriage for
four years. When World War II begins
the accountant hubby is drafted into the British navy,
while his dowdy and sickly wife joins the Wrens
(Women's Naval Service). During their service time
both become more confident and less timid. Robert even
has a brief platonic affair with a widowed nurse Elena
(Ann Todd), he meets while recuperating from burns
after heroically rescuing some of his sailor mates
during battle. On the home front, the free spirit
liberated woman Dizzy (Glynis Johns), a team leader
in the Wrens, encourages Catherine to loosen up and
to smoke and wear makeup. It leads to a platonic
fling with Dizzy's dashing cousin Richard (Roland
During the war, the couple never manage to meet until three years later, as each receives a 10-day leave and meet in London. They are both apprehensive of getting together again and returning to their familiar dreary lives. But when they meet in a London pub, both are surprised by how much they have changed for the better during this time period away from each other. Back in their bombed out flat, they talk about rebuilding their lives. Bombed-out London serves as a metaphor for the marriage.
REVIEWED ON 10/4/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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