Younger Janet Leigh & Robert Mitchum in ‘Vacation Affair’ 1949
|Janet Leigh, romanced by Robert Mitchum & Wendell Corey, 1949’s “Vacation Affair.”|
Vacation Affair was initially envisioned with
greater stars, however economical RKO settled on up and comers Janet Leigh and Robert
Mitchum, and that made the movie open for extra naturalism and fewer of a star
car. As a widowed mom, Leigh’s suitors are Mitchum and Wendell Corey,
who appear extra suited to movie noir, however work nicely right here. This 1949 Affair was filmed in B&W at low-glam
RKO. Leigh remains to be in her early honey brown section, earlier than she went platinum
blonde. All of this provides to the realism of the post-war romantic story.
|Janet Leigh is a struggle widow with two suitors, Robert Mitchum and Wendell Corey,
in “Vacation Affair.” She’s additionally a mom with a younger son, performed by Gordon Gebert.
Mitchum had simply survived a possible career-busting pot bust and jail
sentence. Fortunate for Mitch, of the 2 bosses who shared his contract, David
Selznick and Howard Hughes, the latter was an eccentric who took probabilities, and he
purchased Bob’s contract from Selznick. Talking of Hughes, Janet Leigh discovered
herself in the identical place as many younger starlets who caught Howard’s
obsessive eye. However she firmly put him in her place, as she was a Metro star,
and simply loaned out to Hughes’ RKO. Nonetheless, Leigh was loaned out to Hughes-run
(into the bottom!) RKO thrice—was this MGM’s manner of punishing Janet?
|Although Robert Mitchum’s picture may counsel he is stealing the presents,
he is really very interesting as free spirit Steve in “Vacation Affair.”
Mitchum’s bemused, droll perspective is definitely a very good match for mild romantic
comedy. He’s a straight shooter as Steve in Vacation
Affair, providing reasonable takes on life and love. Mitchum’s free spirit
calls ‘em like he sees ‘em and makes no bones about his attraction to Janet
Leigh’s Connie. Her struggle widow, whereas interesting and sort, is caught previously
along with her misplaced soldier husband. Wendell Corey’s Carl is the kindly present
suitor for the preoccupied younger mom. The celebs make a very good trio on this
triangle. Realistically, each males are first rate, and there’s no final minute
turning one among them into a nasty man. And Connie, whereas irritating in her
vacillation, has so much on her younger shoulders as a widow and dealing mom.
|Whereas it is amusing to see movie noir faves Wendell Corey & Robert Mitchum as good guys competing for good lady Janet Leigh, the blokes are good in “Vacation Affair.”|
attention-grabbing about this film is that the story is very fanciful in its arrange and storytelling, but reasonable in its
dialogue about love and loss, in post-war life. The opening and shutting use a
miniature prepare set that morphs into and out of actual life. A few of the
conditions would certainly be thought of corny and cringe-worthy by at the moment’s
requirements. However as a substitute of sledge hammering the plot factors with sentimentality,
they’re dealt with deftly, a rarity for the period. The three stars play with their
typical all the way down to earth method: Janet Leigh seems to be fairly naturally fairly in her
early profession, plus common guys Robert Mitchum and Wendell Corey play with their
trademark diffidence. All of that is filmed modestly at RKO. Think about Vacation Affair at MGM with, as an illustration,
June Allyson, Van Johnson, and Robert Walker. The glamour and nostalgic goo
would have been slathered on tremendous thick!
|Janet Leigh was simply 22 when “Vacation Affair” was launched for the vacations in ’49.|
Leigh brings her heat and pure attraction to Vacation Affair, a strong actress from the get-go, simply three years
after being found by retired display legend Norma Shearer. The previous Metro
star noticed Janet’s picture at a ski lodge in early 1946 and beneficial her to MGM.
By the top of the 12 months, Janet made her performing debut on a radio Christmas Eve broadcast
the identical 12 months. The next 12 months, Leigh made her movie debut as Van Johnson’s
love curiosity in The Romance of Rosy
Ridge. The remainder, as they are saying, was historical past.
|Janet Leigh & Gordon Gebert’s scenes as mom & son are warmly plausible
in 1949’s “Vacation Affair.”
Mitchum got here up in Hollywood the standard manner—“further” work and bit elements. However in
simply three quick years, he scored with The
Story of G.I. Joe and acquired his solely Oscar nomination. And like Leigh, his nom
was within the supporting class, besides Mitchum’s was originally of his
profession, and hers in mid-career. Wendell Corey additionally turned a star proper after
the struggle, making his movie debut in 1947’s Desert
Fury. Corey was extra of a personality actor than star, however typically added wry
humor to his roles, akin to Jimmy Stewart’s pal in Rear Window.
scenes with Leigh and Gordon Gebert, who performs her son Timmy, are fairly
cute however in a practical manner. Gebert actually isn’t shy in his scenes and he
acted till early maturity. From there, he went to varsity, after which had a
profession educating structure.
|Gordon Gebert was fairly the scene-stealer as Timmy in 1949’s “Vacation Affair.”|
Don Hartman had been a screenwriter at Paramount for a lot of Bob Hope and several other
Danny Kaye autos. After directing, he turned an govt producer at
Paramount after which an impartial producer, his final was The Matchmaker, earlier than his demise at 57 in 1958. Hartman’s humorous
contact exhibits on this comedy-drama.
Vacation Affair has a variety of charming scenes
that transcend its clichés. The simple telling makes this movie
looks like a scrapbook of one other period and never only a too-glamorous outdated film. Get pleasure from
this movie by itself phrases and you can see this a most comfortable affair.
|Prepare set lovers will simply love 1949’s “Vacation Affair!”|