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Holiday Affair (1949)





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A disarming little trifle, Holiday Affair has in the years since its original release become a Yuletide perennial on television. War widow Janet Leigh hasn't the money to buy the model train that her son Gordon Gebert wants for Christmas. Robert Mitchum overhears the boy's plight, and offers to purchase the train for him, even though it will deplete his own money supply. This little gesture of kindness from Mitchum snowballs into a series of comic complications, thanks in part to the unwelcome intervention of Leigh's stuffed-shirt attorney boyfriend Wendell Corey. Harry Morgan shows up towards the end as a flustered night-court judge who helps tie some of the loose plot ends together. Based on a short story by John D. Weaver, A Holiday Affair didn't do too well at the box office, but its afterlife has been most satisfactory.

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Robert Mitchum
as Steve Mason
Janet Leigh
as Connie Ennis
Wendell Corey
as Carl Davis
Esther Dale
as Mrs. Ennis
Griff Barnett
as Mr. Ennis
Henry O'Neill
as Mr. Crowley
Harry Morgan
as Police Lieutenant
Larry J. Blake
as Plainclothesman
James Griffith
as Floorwalker
Frances Morris
as Housekeeper
Frank E. Johnson
as Santa Claus
Al Murphy
as Man (uncredited)
Mame Henderson
as Clerk (uncredited)
Pat Hall
as Clerk (uncredited)
Jim Hawkins
as Boy in Park (uncredited)
Jack Chefe
as Waiter (uncredited)
Joey Ray
as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Gordon Gebert
as Timmy Ennis
Frank Mills
as Bum in Park (uncredited)
Philip Morris
as Train Conductor (uncredited)
Chick Chandler
as New Year's Celebrant (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Holiday Affair

All Critics (2)

Mitchum's interplay with Leigh is a sweet treat, carrying the movie through its more routine segments.

December 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's perfect for those who like their holiday films retro, sweet and as laid-back as Mitchum.

December 22, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Holiday Affair


"Holiday Affair" is a sweet if slight film revolving around a love triangle (or more accurately, a love pentagram) as a war widow (Janet Leigh) is romanced by two opposing suitors: one, an ideal companion and father for her young son, the other, an impulsive and brash (yet charming) idealist (Robert Mitchum), who is noble almost to a fault. Wendell Corey plays the widow's next door neighbor, loyal and doting, pretending not to notice (so blinded he is by love) that his affections aren't returned in quite the same ardent fashion. A chance meeting with suitor #2 and it's clear which one she could fall for. But he is wary of entering a relationship with a woman so clearly pining away for her dead husband. In the end, it's not between suitors the woman must choose, but between the living and the dead.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

I think I liked this movie so much because of Tim, who is really a swell kid. One might believe that Connie has to choose between two men in her life, but Tim is the one who takes the final decision. I also enjoyed breakfast in the park, when unexpected things can happen to those warm hearted who take care of orphan squirrels.

Alice Smith
Alice Smith

Super Reviewer


A cute, but predictable, romantic comedy with a good cast.

Aj V
Aj V

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