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Summer Holiday

Released Jun 16, 1948 1h 32m Musical List
71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 40% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
A publisher's (Walter Huston) son (Mickey Rooney) courts a girl (Gloria De Haven) in circa-1900 Connecticut. Read More Read Less

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Bosley Crowther New York Times Where Mr. O'Neill's reminiscence of adolescent youth back in the days of peg-top trousers, of the Rubaiyat craze and the five-cent schooner of beer was a subtle and sensitive understanding, this picture is largely a big lark. Dec 14, 2019 Full Review Variety Staff Variety The Eugene O'Neill play, Ah. Wilderness with its account of a turn-of-the-century smalltown New England family, provides admirable setting, story, color and mood for the musical numbers and script. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Courier Mail (Australia) It must be conceded that the film is a gay enough lark, with fine production numbers and good songs -- one in particular, "Stanley Stamer" being outstanding. Dec 14, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A pleasant turn of the century musical remake of the hit 1935 MGM comedy-drama Ah, Wilderness! Rated: B Oct 24, 2014 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Mickey Rooney may not be the ideal actor to play Eugene O'Neill's alter ego, but as a nostalgic evocation of small town life at the turn of the century, Mamoulian's musical version of Ah, Wilderness is evocative, charming and nice to look at. Rated: B+ Jul 22, 2009 Full Review TV Guide Staff TV Guide A sweet movie with good work by all the actors, Summer Holiday benefits immeasurably from director Mamoulian's inventiveness and the handsome cinematography and production values. Rated: 4/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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Steve D Not remotely entertaining. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/14/24 Full Review Audience Member Poor musical re-make of "Ah, Wilderness" (1933) doesn't work. Most actors were miscast, even veteran giants like Frank Morgan. Mickey Rooney tries and fails to be a high school senior, when he really is 28 years old. Agnes Moorehead, coming from an exemplary part in the "Magnificent Ambersons" does her best here as the spinster sister, but she has little to do with the plot. The music is poor and the plot is wrung out in such a way that it collapses and dies from confusion. A failure on every account. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Alot of people can't stand this film or have alot of mixed feelings on it-- I think its a fantastic watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a good oldie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member year s/b 1948 not 1964 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member There was a time when Mickey Rooney was the biggest box office draw , his movies are essentials! Love this as great Saturday afternoon fair !! Terrific! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A publisher's (Walter Huston) son (Mickey Rooney) courts a girl (Gloria De Haven) in circa-1900 Connecticut.
Rouben Mamoulian
Arthur Freed
Irving Brecher, Jean Holloway, Eugene O'Neill, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett
Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 16, 1948, Wide
Release Date (DVD)
Jul 20, 2010
1h 32m