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Summer Holiday (MGM 1948, Mickey Rooney, Rosemary DeHaven)



Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! served as the basis for stage musicals, and both musical and nonmusical movies. Mickey Rooney starred in both the 1935 version as the little brother and took the lead in this Arthur Freed-unit musical. O’Neill’s story depicts with hazy nostalgia the simpler days in New England at the turn of the century as a young man stretches his boundaries while growing toward adulthood. Forbidden to woo DeHaven, Rooney goes on a bender and romances show girl Maxwell. A stern talking-to by his father (Huston) puts all to right. The Warren and Blane songs include ‘It’s Our Home Town,’ ‘Afraid to Fall in Love,’ and ‘Independence Day.’

According to director Rouben Mamoulian, Charles Schoenberg, the cinematographer on Summer Holiday, was colorblind. Mamoulian also claimed the film’s soundman was deaf.

production details
USA | MGM | 93 minutes | 1948

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Producer: Arthur Freed
Director of Photography: Charles Edgar Schoenbaum
Editing: Albert Akst
Music:Ralph Blaine, Harry Warren
Script: Irving Brecher, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Jean Holloway
Production Design: Cedric Gibbons
Art Direction: Jack Martin Smith

Agnes Moorehead as Cousin Lily
Marilyn Maxwell as Belle
Howard Freeman as Mr. Peabody
Frank Morgan as Uncle Sid
Emory Parnell as Dannville Beach Club Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Halton as Mr. Lipska (uncredited)
Anne Francis as Elsie Rand (as Ann Francis)
Mickey Rooney as Richard Miller
Gloria DeHaven as Muriel McComber
Walter Huston as Mr. Nat Miller
Jackie ‘Butch’ Jenkins as Tommy Miller (as Butch Jenkins)
Selena Royle as Mrs. Essie Miller
Michael Kirby as Arthur Miller
Shirley Johns as Mildred Miller
Hal Hackett as Wint
John Alexander as Mr. Dave McComber
Virginia Brissac as Miss Hawley
Alice MacKenzie as Mrs. McComber
Ruth Brady as Crystal
Oliver Blake as Scorekeeper (uncredited)
Jack Rube Clifford as Passerby (uncredited)
Terry Moore as Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)