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[[Feature~V112212~Summer Holiday~summerholiday]] is a musical remake of the 1935 MGM comedy-drama [[Feature~V1251~Ah, Wilderness!~ahwilderness]], which in turn was adapted from the play by Eugene O'Neill. Mickey Rooney (who played a supporting role in the 1935 film) stars as O'Neill's alter ego Richard Miller, a young man coming of age in early 20th century New England. Anxious to live life to the fullest, Richard ignores the cautionary admonitions of his father Nat (Walter Huston), preferring instead to follow the example of Uncle Sid (Frank Morgan), the family's "black sheep". In his ongoing quest for wine, women and song (he gets precious little of the first two commodities, but plenty of the third!) Richard ignores the fact that the true love of his life, sweet young Muriel (Gloria De Haven), has been under his nose all along. Director Rouben Mamoulien's obsession with cinematic innovations is largely absent here; what emerges is a staid, conventional MGM musical, albeit gorgeously photographed in Technicolor by Charles Schoenbaum. Filmed in 1946 but not released until 1948, [[Feature~V112212~Summer Holiday~summerholiday]] would not be the last musicalized version of [[Feature~V1251~Ah, Wilderness!~ahwilderness]]; that honor went to the 1959 Broadway musical [[Feature~V161548~Take Me Along~takemenaked]], which starred Jackie Gleason as Uncle Sid. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 16, 1948


Mickey Rooney
as Richard Miller
Gloria de Haven
as Muriel McComber
Walter Huston
as Nat Miller
Ruth Brady
as Crystal
Virginia Brissac
as Miss Hawley
Frank Morgan
as Uncle Sid
Agnes Moorehead
as Cousin Lily
Marilyn Maxwell
as Belle
Anne Francis
as Elsie Rand
Howard Freeman
as Mr. Peabody
Michael Kirby
as Arthur Miller
Wally Cassell
as Salesman
Selena Royle
as Mrs. Miller
Oliver Blake
as Scorekeeper
Blanche Rose
Don Garner
as Gilbert Ralston
Terry Moore
as Hatcheck Girl
Emory Parnell
as Bartender
Margaret Bert
as Mrs. Nichols


Rouben Mamoulian
Arthur Freed
Irving Brecher
Jean Holloway
Albert Hackett
Frances Goodrich
Charles E. Schoenbaum
Harry Warren
Composer (Music Score)
Albert Akst
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Jack Martin Smith
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Richard A. Pefferle
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Charles Walters
Jack Dawn