Holiday Affair Reviews
I also enjoyed breakfast in the park, when unexpected things can happen to those warm hearted who take care of orphan squirrels.
i thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish. it was worth far more than what i paid.
my girl and i both had fun watching it. i highly recommend it as something to watch around x-mas season or hell on any occasion you want to watch something romantic.
very rarely do i enjoy romantic films.
The story evolves around Connie (Janet Leigh), a young beautiful widow with a six-year old son, Timmy.
Connie works as a "commercial spy" and runs along at shopping malls at christmas time, and "buys" things just to figure out the price and the quality of the product, only to return the product the next day and inform the she currently works for.
Shortly before christmas, she buys an exclusive model train by the clerk Steve (Robert Mitchum) who immediately gets suspicious when she says he doesn't need to wrap it in.
After coming home and leaving the big box, unattended for a short while, little Timmy peeks into it and gets overjoyed believing he's going to get it for christmas. He doesn't realize the train is not to be given to him, since his mother could never afford buying it for real.
Connie is not really short of suitors, beautiful as she is, and a pretty well off man named Carl (Wendell Corey) whom she's been dating for a while has just proposed to her. The only thing is that he doesn't get along with little Timmy.
Timmy isn't really excited about it, since he is used to be "the man in the house" and think that despite things are fine the way they are.
Next day, Connie bumps into Steve and learns that he lost his job at the toy department because he didn't report her as "spy". To make up for it, she agrees having lunch with Steve and makes some shopping. However, they lose each other is the mass and Steve how still is carrying some of Connie's shopping bags, looks up her address and visits her. He gets along with Timmy really well, and treats him as an little adult. Timmy also tells him about the disappointment, with the train ...he had noticed his mother had returned it...
This is one of Janet Leigh's first big roles, and she copes with it well. But it's undoubtedly Robert Mitchum who is the real star of this wonderful movie.
The boy playing Timmy is a real charmer (Gordon Gebert, who later had a small child actor career after this, thanks to his great performance here), and this movie witness how good Robert Mitchum were with children, both on and off screen. A funny thing, considering his swan song role in The Night of the Hunter. What few people know is that it was actually Robert Mitchum who directed the children, since Charles Laughton (the legendary actor who was the director of Night of the Hunter) couldn't stand children at all.
Connie Ennis (Janet Leigh) is a comparison shopper. For some reason, this actually entails buying and then returning products, surely a thing that would make the unwanted comparison shoppers awfully noticeable to store employees whose job partially entails noticing them, but never mind. At any rate, she buys a very large and elaborate electric train from Steve Mason (Robert Mitchum), which she must then convince her son isn't for him. At any rate, she returns the train the next day. Mitchum tells her that he won't turn her in provided she never returns to his department again. A floorwalker notices this, and he is fired. He spends the rest of the film trying to win over Connie from her boyfriend, Carl Davis (Wendell Corey) before she marries him on New Year's Day. This even entails giving Timmy a train that costs $78 [i]in 1949 dollars[/i].
I don't really like Steve. Carl's main failing seems to be that he is bland, though there are a few moments that show something a little less pleasant. On the other hand, he freely declares that he has no family, so maybe he's just not used to dealing with one. Certainly he doesn't know how to deal with Timmy, but really, that's something any stepparent must work out. On the other hand, Steve doesn't consult with Connie about whether it's okay with her if he gives her kid such an enormously expensive gift. He proposes to her in front of her fiancÚ, son, and the parents of her late husband. (He was killed in the War; Timmy does not and could not remember him.) He works a bit on justifying it, but oh, come on. This is just after several people have expressed their good wishes for the upcoming wedding. There were so many better ways of handling that. He says that any man has the right to propose to the woman he loves, but it simply isn't true. And even if it were, there are times and places, and that wasn't one of them.
It's kind of impressive, really, how clear Timmy's sense of economics turns out to me. Steve doesn't have money, he finds out. The train, he knows, was expensive. Ergo, the solution to the problem is to return the train--oh, he knew that you could return things; his mom does all the time--and give Steve the money. This is quite sensible, especially for a boy of six. (It's listed, on the page for the remake, as being a goof that a woman calls him six before he says how old he is, but anyone who spends any time around kids could work out an approximate age fairly easily.) He really wants the train. He really loves having gotten a gift from Steve. But he knows that Steve needs the money more than he needs the train.
My heart just isn't as warmed as they want it to be. Oh, I'm sure an argument could be made that this is because I am watching a Christmas movie in May, and it might even be a good one. But for one thing, I think a good movie is a good movie no matter what time of year you're watching. (It can depend on your mood, of course.) There are movies I only watch in the summer, but this is because they are movies that do not require me to exert myself thinking; this is assuredly not an indication that they're good. Better to say that the emotional impact of a movie shouldn't depend on whether it's December or May, given that it's not much warmer here and now than it is in December back home. For another thing, most of the release dates listed for [i]It's a Wonderful Life[/i], a dozen or so of the European ones, stretch from March to September. So.