Vacation from Marriage

Vacation from Marriage

Director: Alexander Korda

Cast: Alexander Korda, Robert Donat, Deborah Kerr, Glynis Johns

     
 

A couple's wartime separation provides an unexpected tonic for their romance in this drama. Robert and Catherine Wilson (Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr) are a married couple whose relationship has hit a dry patch; neither of them have much enthusiasm for each other, and when Robert is drafted into the Royal Navy during the war, they almost welcome the separation. Life… See more details below

Overview

A couple's wartime separation provides an unexpected tonic for their romance in this drama. Robert and Catherine Wilson (Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr) are a married couple whose relationship has hit a dry patch; neither of them have much enthusiasm for each other, and when Robert is drafted into the Royal Navy during the war, they almost welcome the separation. Life in the Navy gives Robert a more easygoing outlook on life, especially after he has a brief fling with Elena (Anne Todd), a nurse who recently lost her husband. On the home front, Catherine makes friends with Dizzy (Glynis Johns), a free spirit who encourages her to smoke, wear makeup, and enjoy a dalliance of her own with a man named Richard (Roland Culver). After the end of the war, Robert and Catherine both dread their reunion, but each find that they're pleasantly surprised with the changes that time has brought to their mate. Perfect Strangers was also released under the highly appropriate title Vacation from Marriage.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A moderately enjoyable romantic comedy, Vacation From Marriage is also a bit of a disappointment because it doesn't fulfill its potential. With an excellent cast, a capable director, and a screenplay that deals with a worthy and fairly unusual subject, one expects much more than one gets. Primary responsibility lies with the screenplay; it purports to explore a marriage from which the magic has long been gone and the manner in which the husband and wife discover a new life for each other only by undergoing new experiences apart from each other, when in fact that exploration barely peeks beneath the surface. Aside from keeping things too superficial, the writing also isn't consistently sparkling enough. Alexander Korda also shares a bit of the blame, for if his direction is certainly fine, it is also rarely more than that; aside from a few nice touches as the couple travels toward each other after their long separation, there's little in his work here that is truly inspired. Fortunately, Vacation has a simply marvelous cast, with Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr in top form, and Glynis Johns threatening to walk away with scene after scene. The actors are so good they make you wonder what a Vacation From Marriage this would have been with more powerful material.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2012
UPC:
0883316498767
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
1,548

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Donat Robert Wilson
Deborah Kerr Catherine Wilson
Glynis Johns Dizzy Clayton
Ann Todd Elena
Roland Culver Richard
Elliot Mason Mrs. Hemmings
Eliot Makeham Mr. Staines
Ivor Barnard Chemist
Henry Longhurst Petty Officer
Bill Shine Webster
Allan Jeayes Commander
Edward Rigby Charlie
Billy Thatcher Essex
Brian Weske Gordon
Harry Ross Bill
Vincent Holman ARP Warden
Leslie Dwyer Strupey
Caven Watson Scotty
Brefni O'Rorke Mr. Hargrave
Roger Moore Actor
Bill Owen Actor
Muriel George Minnie

Technical Credits
Alexander Korda Director,Producer
Clemence Dane Screenwriter
W. Percy Day Special Effects
Edward B. Jarvis Editor
Vincent Korda Production Designer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Clifton Parker Score Composer
Anthony Pelissier Screenwriter
Georges Périnal Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Vacation from Marriage
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [10:00]
10. Chapter 10 [2:28]

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