Summer Holiday

Summer Holiday

John Alexander
Director: Rouben Mamoulian Cast: John Alexander
John Alexander
, Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
, Gloria de Haven
Gloria de Haven
Rouben Mamoulian

DVD (Full Frame)

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Summer Holiday is a musical remake of the 1935 MGM comedy-drama Ah, Wilderness!, which in turn was adapted from the play by Eugene O'Neill. Mickey Rooney (who played a supporting role in the 1935 film) stars as O'Neill's alter ego Richard Miller, a young man coming of age in early 20th century New England. Anxious to live life to the fullest, Richard ignores the cautionary admonitions of his father Nat (Walter Huston), preferring instead to follow the example of Uncle Sid (Frank Morgan), the family's "black sheep." In his ongoing quest for wine, women and song (he gets precious little of the first two commodities, but plenty of the third!) Richard ignores the fact that the true love of his life, sweet young Muriel (Gloria De Haven), has been under his nose all along. Director Rouben Mamoulien's obsession with cinematic innovations is largely absent here; what emerges is a staid, conventional MGM musical, albeit gorgeously photographed in Technicolor by Charles Schoenbaum. Filmed in 1946 but not released until 1948, Summer Holiday would not be the last musicalized version of Ah, Wilderness!; that honor went to the 1959 Broadway musical Take Me Along, which starred Jackie Gleason as Uncle Sid.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2010
UPC: 0883316271292
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:32:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Alexander Mr. McComber
Mickey Rooney Richard Miller
Gloria DeHaven Muriel McComber
Ruth Brady Crystal
Walter Huston Nat Miller
Virginia Brissac Miss Hawley
Frank Morgan Uncle Sid
Agnes Moorehead Cousin Lily
Anne Francis Elsie Rand
Marilyn Maxwell Belle
Howard Freeman Mr. Peabody
Hal Hackett Wint
Butch Jenkins Tommy
Shirley Johns Mildred Miller
Michael Kirby Arthur Miller
Alice MacKenzie Mrs. McComber
Margaret Bert Mrs. Nichols
Oliver Blake Scorekeeper
Wally Cassell Salesman
Louise Colombet Actor
Margaret Fealy Actor
Budd Fine Farmer
Don Garner Gilbert Ralston
Terry Moore Hatcheck Girl
Emory Parnell Bartender
Blanche Rose Actor
Selena Royle Mrs. Miller

Technical Credits
Rouben Mamoulian Director
Albert Akst Editor
Irving Brecher Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Lennie Hayton Musical Direction/Supervision
Jean Holloway Screenwriter
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles E. Schoenbaum Cinematographer
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Charles Walters Choreography
Harry Warren Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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