Seven Days Leave (1930)

83 mins | Drama | 25 January 1930

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HISTORY

The film's working title was Medals. FDYB credits John Cromwell as the film's co-director. James M. Barrie's famous play The Old Lady Shows Her Medals opened on Broadway on 14 May 1917, and has been revived several times on stage in both London and New York. Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. were cast in a radio adaptation of the play for Screen Directors Playhouse on 7 Oct 1946; on 23 May 1956, Gracie Fields and Jackie Cooper appeared in a United States Steel Hour television adaptation of the play; and, a second United States Steel Hour adaptation was broadcast on 12 Jun 1963, starring Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontaine and Donald ... More Less

The film's working title was Medals. FDYB credits John Cromwell as the film's co-director. James M. Barrie's famous play The Old Lady Shows Her Medals opened on Broadway on 14 May 1917, and has been revived several times on stage in both London and New York. Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. were cast in a radio adaptation of the play for Screen Directors Playhouse on 7 Oct 1946; on 23 May 1956, Gracie Fields and Jackie Cooper appeared in a United States Steel Hour television adaptation of the play; and, a second United States Steel Hour adaptation was broadcast on 12 Jun 1963, starring Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontaine and Donald Madden. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
1 Feb 1930
p. 32.
Film Daily
26 Jan 1930
p. 9.
New York Times
25 Jan 1930
p. 13.
New Yorker
1 Feb 1930
p. 58, 60.
Variety
29 Jan 1930
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Co-dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward tech dir
Ward tech dir
MUSIC
Music adv
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Old Lady Shows Her Medals by James M. Barrie (New York, 14 May 1917).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Medals
Release Date:
25 January 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 24 January 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 January 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1025
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 6,507 ft.
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in feet):
7,534
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sarah Ann Dowey, a widowed Scotch charwoman, regrets that she has no son at the front during the war. Reading of the exploits of Kenneth, a young Canadian soldier of the "Black Watch" regiment, she claims he is her son, and when he is wounded and sent to London on a 5-day leave, a Y. M. C. A. worker tells him that he has met his mother. Kenneth chides Sarah for the deception but agrees to let her be his mother during his stay. He gets into a fight with British sailors over his kilts; and cursing the army, he threatens to desert; but touched by his "mother's" patriotism, he returns to the front in good cheer. Later, in Flanders, he is sent on a mission and never returns; his "mother" receives his medals awarded for bravery and marches off to work, her head held ... +


Sarah Ann Dowey, a widowed Scotch charwoman, regrets that she has no son at the front during the war. Reading of the exploits of Kenneth, a young Canadian soldier of the "Black Watch" regiment, she claims he is her son, and when he is wounded and sent to London on a 5-day leave, a Y. M. C. A. worker tells him that he has met his mother. Kenneth chides Sarah for the deception but agrees to let her be his mother during his stay. He gets into a fight with British sailors over his kilts; and cursing the army, he threatens to desert; but touched by his "mother's" patriotism, he returns to the front in good cheer. Later, in Flanders, he is sent on a mission and never returns; his "mother" receives his medals awarded for bravery and marches off to work, her head held high. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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