Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Forgotten Movies: HOLIDAY AFFAIR
Now here was a film I remembered liking more than I did. Hollywood apparently decided that there needed to be very little chemistry and few scenes to bolster the romance between Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum. And why did they always cast actors like Wendell Corey as the other suitor.?You know immediately he doesn't stand a chance. The best thing about the movie was the child who had quite a large part and had more chemistry with Leigh and Mitchum than they did with each other.
Leigh plays a comparison shopper at Christmas who costs Mitchum his job when he doesn't turn her in. Apparently you were not allowed to do this. Why? A widow, Leigh is dating Corey but is still pining over her dead husband. It really annoys me in these movies when without a single romantic moment, the lead (Mitchum) proposes to the woman. Really!
I always admired THE PHILADELPHIA STORY for pitting Stewart against Grant as the romantic interests. Make it count.