Director: Don Hartman
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey, Gordon Gebert, Griff Barnett, Esther Dale, Henry O’Neill, Harry Morgan, Larry J. Blake, Helen Brown, Pat Barton, Genevieve Bell, Chick Chandler, Jack Chefe, James Conaty, Yvonne Crossley, Michka Egan, George Eldredge, Louise Franklin, James Griffith, Pat Hall, Don Hartman, Jimmy Hawkins, Mame Henderson, Billy Henry, Robert Hughes, Jimmy Hunt, Frank Johnson, Jack Kelly, Genevieve Kendall
World War II widow Janet Leigh supports herself and her son Gordon Gebbert with a job as a comparison shopper who runs afoul of salesman Robert Mitchum. Mitch is a rather footloose character who’s got a temporary job at the Christmas buying season in New York so he can earn enough money to buy a ticket back to California where he wants to spend time building boats and living carefree.
Of course Leigh’s interested, but not enough to give up the stability for herself and her son that lawyer Wendell Corey could provide and he’s most interested in matrimony. So will she take Mitchum or Corey?
A Holiday Affair is one of those gazillions of films about war widows and their romances that Hollywood made for about 10 years after V-J Day. Janet Leigh is certainly a bright addition to the rolls, in her youth she had a nice innocent charm to her which in fact got her the film.
She was loaned out to RKO and Howard Hughes for a three picture deal and A Holiday Affair was the one Hughes interfered the least with. Her other two films in the package were Two Tickets to Broadway and Jet Pilot. Of course the reason she was at RKO was because Howard Hughes had his hormones in overdrive over her. She had a couple of dates with him and she was less than impressed, but Hughes took a while to get the message she wasn’t interested.
She did enjoy working with both Mitchum and Corey. According to Lee Server’s book on Mitchum, the set was a relaxed and happy one, but that Mitchum and Corey were full of all kinds of practical jokes. Never a dull moment.
Mitchum had some good chemistry with Leigh and with young Gordon Gebbert. Best scene in the film was at a police station where Mitchum is arrested on Christmas Day and Leigh and Corey go to straighten out a mistake. There’s a droll performance by Harry Morgan as the patient police sergeant who’s always up for a new story.
A Holiday Affair is a nice unpretentious little film about Christmas in New York and hopefully people will catch it TCM in December.
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC | 4:3 | 720×480 | 5500 kbps | 3.9Gb
Audio: #1 English AC3 1.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: English, French
01:27:00 | USA | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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