Holiday Affair

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A disarming little trifle, Holiday Affair has in the years since its original release become a Yuletide perennial on television. War widow Janet Leigh hasn't the money to buy the model train that her son Gordon Gebert wants for Christmas. Robert Mitchum overhears the boy's plight, and offers to purchase the train for him, even though it will deplete his own money supply. This little gesture of kindness from Mitchum snowballs into a series of comic complications, thanks in part to the unwelcome intervention of ...
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A disarming little trifle, Holiday Affair has in the years since its original release become a Yuletide perennial on television. War widow Janet Leigh hasn't the money to buy the model train that her son Gordon Gebert wants for Christmas. Robert Mitchum overhears the boy's plight, and offers to purchase the train for him, even though it will deplete his own money supply. This little gesture of kindness from Mitchum snowballs into a series of comic complications, thanks in part to the unwelcome intervention of Leigh's stuffed-shirt attorney boyfriend Wendell Corey. Harry Morgan shows up towards the end as a flustered night-court judge who helps tie some of the loose plot ends together. Based on a short story by John D. Weaver, A Holiday Affair didn't do too well at the box office, but its afterlife has been most satisfactory.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A sugarcoated little Christmas gem, Holiday Affair is a Yuletide treat for those who don't mind if the sentiment is poured on a bit thick. Those who do object to such things might find Holiday a bit sticky for their tastes, as it presents an idealized vision of people and the world and doesn't let crude and crass reality get in the way of ensuring a tender, happy time for its characters. This blatant sentimentality is one of the things that many find appealing about Holiday, and it's easy to see why. Things may not be all rosy at the beginning, and the lives of Janet Leigh's and Robert Mitchum's characters may not be going in the directions they're supposed to be, but it's this sweet little film's mission to ensure that all that changes, and it does so in the tenderest way possible. Don Hartman's screenplay may be manipulative, but it's very well structured and its tugs at the heart strings are quite effective. Mitchum seems an odd choice for this kind of role, but he delivers in spades, and his work is quite good. Leigh is also in very fine form, as is Wendell Corey as the man standing between the two stars. All in all, Holiday is a lovely little way to have one's emotions touched.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • UPC: 053939790320
  • Original Release: 1949
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  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Steve Mason
Janet Leigh Connie Ennis
Wendell Corey Carl Davis
Griff Barnett Mr. Ennis
Esther Dale Mrs. Ennis
Henry O'Neill Mr. Crowley
Henry Morgan Police Lieutenant
Larry Blake Plainclothesman
Helen Brown Emily
Chick Chandler
Donald Dillaway
Gordon Geberl Timmy Ennis
James Griffith Floorwalker
Pat Hall
Jim Hawkins
William Henry
Frank Johnson Santa Claus
Robert Lyden
Allen Mathews Mr. Gow
Frank Mills
Philip Morris Conductor (uncredited)
Frances Morris Housekeeper
Al Murphy
Joey Ray
Mary Stuart
Technical Credits
Don Hartman Director, Producer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Howard Greer Costumes/Costume Designer
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Harry Marker Editor
John D. Weaver Original Story
Roy Webb Score Composer
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Disc #1 -- Holiday Affair
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      Subtitles: Fran├žais
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A hidden gem

    This isn't one of the movies people often see on many channels at Christmas. TCM showed it last year and it made me see why Robert Mitchum was a real movie star. Usually the bad boy or in a crime movie, it is refreshing to see how charming and caring he was to Janet Leigh's character and her son. One really passionate kiss was one place where the bad boy defied the director and kissed Janet his way. It's actually good that she was caught by surprise as it made her reaction genuine and showed in his performance how much he loved her. This movie is a different kind of movie with a single mother, flawed characters, and not much glitz and glamour. It's a sweet movie that I'm glad I own it now as it is a hidden gem that may be hard to get one day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2002

    ''A Holiday Affair''

    ''A Holiday Affair'' is a Romantic Comedy classic that should be a must see for any one in a step family relationship. Janet Leigh is a WW-2 war-widow with a 6 year son who never met his dad. The story deals with her issues of romance, parenting and the challenges she faces when two different men present offers of marriage. Hollywood seems to have a much easier time presenting single parents situations as the result of a spouse dying, as oppossed to divorce (Diney movies are full of them). Like many older films and TV shows where the issues of single parenting and step-parenting are rarely portrayed with the more modern complication of having the ''other'' parent around or even involved, the movie greatly simplifies the topic. Never the less, the movie is thought provoking and entertaining for any re-married parent or step-parent.

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