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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Kids & Family, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Isobel Lennart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 11, 2008


as Steve Mason

as Connie Ennis

as Carl Davis

as Timmy Ennis

as Mrs. Ennis

as Mr. Ennis

as Mr. Crowley

as Police Lieutenant

as Plainclothesman

as Floorwalker

as Housekeeper

as Santa Claus

as Man (uncredited)

as Clerk (uncredited)

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as Boy in Park (uncredi...

as Waiter (uncredited)

as Hotel Clerk (uncredi...

as Timmy Ennis

as Bum in Park (uncredi...

as Train Conductor (unc...

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as Plainclothesman

as Police Lieutenant
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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.

Full Review… | December 11, 2008

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

Full Review… | December 22, 2005
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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.

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Devon Bott

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

Aj V

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

Super Reviewer

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