Summer Holiday is a 1948 American musical comedy film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Mickey Rooney and Gloria DeHaven. The picture is based on the play Ah, Wilderness! (1933) by Eugene O'Neill, which had been filmed as under that name by MGM in 1935 with Rooney in a much smaller role. Though completed in October 1946, the film sat on the shelf until 1948.
Most of the dialogue in this film is sung, with music provided by Ralph Baline and Harry Warren. The movie takes place in a Connecticut town at the turn of the century. It centers around a young man, Richard Miller (Mickey Rooney) who is about to graduate high school and step into the world of adults. He has a cynical view of the world because of all the books he has been reading. He has a girlfriend Muriel (Gloria DeHaven) whom he loves very much but she is afraid of being kissed. His father Mr. Miller (Walter Huston) is editor of the town newspaper. He has three other siblings and the youngest Tommy, (Butch Jenkins) is very mischievous, setting off fire crackers on the 4th of July after people. Living with his family are also his Uncle Sid (Frank Morgan) and Cousin Lily (Agnes Moorehead) who are usually on the verge of getting engaged but the uncle's drinking gets in the way. Richard attempts to give a revolutionary speech during graduation but his notes fall out.
|author||Albert Hackett Eugene O'Neill Frances Goodrich|
|keywords||dance hall girl double date end engage older brother turn of the century young couple young man|
|theme||high school musical musical comedy|