Seven Days' Leave (1942)

87 mins | Romantic comedy | 13 November 1942

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Sweet or Hot . Although most contemporary sources spell the surname of the Lucille Ball and Marcy McGuire characters as "Havelock-Allen," and it is pronounced that way within the film, in a close-up of an invitation to the garden party, the name is written as "Havalok-Allen." According to a news item in HR , Harold Peary threatened to leave the cast unless his role as "Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve" was expanded. In Dec 1942, RKO launched a new series based on Peary's "Gildersleeve" character. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Great Gildersleeve . This picture marked the American debut of Puerto Rican film star Mapy Cortes and the screen debut of Arnold Stang. A news item in HR adds that RKO imported dance director Charles Walters from Broadway to work on this film. Walters later became a choreographer and director at M-G-M. Favorable audience reaction to Marcy McGuire won her a contract at the studio, according to another news item in HR . RKO borrowed Victor Mature from Fox to appear in this picture. In the film, comedian Peter Lind Hayes impersonated popular actors Ronald Colman and Charles Laughton. The radio program Truth or Consequences debuted on the NBC radio network in 1940 and featured Ralph Edwards as the emcee. The premise of the show was that contestants must pay the consequences, usually performing a silly stunt, unless they tell the truth. In 1950, CBS began to broadcast the show on television. Edwards was also the emcee ... More Less

The working title of this film was Sweet or Hot . Although most contemporary sources spell the surname of the Lucille Ball and Marcy McGuire characters as "Havelock-Allen," and it is pronounced that way within the film, in a close-up of an invitation to the garden party, the name is written as "Havalok-Allen." According to a news item in HR , Harold Peary threatened to leave the cast unless his role as "Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve" was expanded. In Dec 1942, RKO launched a new series based on Peary's "Gildersleeve" character. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Great Gildersleeve . This picture marked the American debut of Puerto Rican film star Mapy Cortes and the screen debut of Arnold Stang. A news item in HR adds that RKO imported dance director Charles Walters from Broadway to work on this film. Walters later became a choreographer and director at M-G-M. Favorable audience reaction to Marcy McGuire won her a contract at the studio, according to another news item in HR . RKO borrowed Victor Mature from Fox to appear in this picture. In the film, comedian Peter Lind Hayes impersonated popular actors Ronald Colman and Charles Laughton. The radio program Truth or Consequences debuted on the NBC radio network in 1940 and featured Ralph Edwards as the emcee. The premise of the show was that contestants must pay the consequences, usually performing a silly stunt, unless they tell the truth. In 1950, CBS began to broadcast the show on television. Edwards was also the emcee of the television version. The program, Court of Missing Heirs , had its debut on CBS radio in 1939 and featured Jim Waters as emcee. The program attempted to find heirs to large and small fortunes. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Oct 1942.
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Daily Variety
13 Oct 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Oct 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
19 May 42
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
29 May 42
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jun 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 42
p. 1.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Oct 42
p. 958.
New York Times
11 Dec 42
p. 33.
Variety
14 Oct 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vocal and mus adv
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Dance ensembles
SOURCES
SONGS
"Touch of Texas," "Please Won't You Leave My Girl Alone," "You Speak My Language," "Can't Get Out of This Mood" and "I Get the Neck of the Chicken," words by Frank Loesser, music by Jimmy McHugh.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Sweet or Hot
Release Date:
13 November 1942
Production Date:
late May--late July 1942
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 November 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11724
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Length(in feet):
7,858
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8517
SYNOPSIS

Army privates Johnny Grey, Speak Jackson and Buddy "Clarky" Clark, who were members of the Les Brown band before their country called them to service, have not totally foresaken swing for soldiering. When Johnny's company is granted seven days' leave before shipping out, Johnny, Jackson and Clark attend a Les Brown concert, where Johnny renews his relationship with his old girl friend, band performer Mapy Cortes. While Johnny and Mapy dance, Bitsy, another private in their company, listens to The Court of Missing Heirs radio show and hears Johnny's name mentioned as heir to his great-grandfather's $100,000 fortune. Bitsy runs to the concert hall to notify Johnny who, overwhelmed by his good fortune, promises to buy Mapy a diamond engagement ring. Accompanied by Clark, Bitsy and Jackson, Johnny goes to New York to claim his inheritance. There, he meets Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, the representative of the estate, who informs Johnny that a codicil to the will states that Johnny must marry a descendant of the Havelock-Allen family in order to collect his inheritance. Gildersleeve advises Johnny to arrange a business marriage, but Johnny is reluctant to comply until he meets Terry Havelock-Allen, the wealthy and glamorous elder daughter of the family. When Terry introduces Johnny to her fiancé, financial advisor Ralph Bell, Johnny is about to abandon Gildersleeve's scheme until Mapy presents him with her new trousseau and the bills to pay for it. To spend time alone with Terry, Johnny has Jackson, an amateur impressionist, lure Ralph out of town by impersonating Ronald Colman on the telephone requesting his financial ... +


Army privates Johnny Grey, Speak Jackson and Buddy "Clarky" Clark, who were members of the Les Brown band before their country called them to service, have not totally foresaken swing for soldiering. When Johnny's company is granted seven days' leave before shipping out, Johnny, Jackson and Clark attend a Les Brown concert, where Johnny renews his relationship with his old girl friend, band performer Mapy Cortes. While Johnny and Mapy dance, Bitsy, another private in their company, listens to The Court of Missing Heirs radio show and hears Johnny's name mentioned as heir to his great-grandfather's $100,000 fortune. Bitsy runs to the concert hall to notify Johnny who, overwhelmed by his good fortune, promises to buy Mapy a diamond engagement ring. Accompanied by Clark, Bitsy and Jackson, Johnny goes to New York to claim his inheritance. There, he meets Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, the representative of the estate, who informs Johnny that a codicil to the will states that Johnny must marry a descendant of the Havelock-Allen family in order to collect his inheritance. Gildersleeve advises Johnny to arrange a business marriage, but Johnny is reluctant to comply until he meets Terry Havelock-Allen, the wealthy and glamorous elder daughter of the family. When Terry introduces Johnny to her fiancé, financial advisor Ralph Bell, Johnny is about to abandon Gildersleeve's scheme until Mapy presents him with her new trousseau and the bills to pay for it. To spend time alone with Terry, Johnny has Jackson, an amateur impressionist, lure Ralph out of town by impersonating Ronald Colman on the telephone requesting his financial advice. With Ralph out of the way, Johnny takes Terry on a date to a radio broadcast of Truth or Consequences , and Mapy, who is listening, hears Johnny and Terry introduced on the show. The next day, after Jackson tricks Ralph into traveling to Brookline, Massachusetts to meet with "Charles Laughton," Johnny takes Terry on a picnic. Johnny and Terry's day at the lake is capped by a passionate kiss, but after returning home that evening, Terry orders her butler to throw Johnny out of the house. Terry's younger sister Mickey then comments that Terry should marry Johnny and not Ralph. Meanwhile, Johnny visits Mapy, who accuses him of being in love with Terry. The next morning, Johnny is about to call off the deal when Mickey visits and announces that Terry is in love with him. Johnny rushes to Terry's side, and the couple decide to wed that night at the war relief party to be held at the Havelock-Allen house. At the party, before Johnny has the chance to tell Terry about the terms of his great-grandfather's will, Gildersleeve blurts out the details of their business arrangement, causing Terry to doubt Johnny's love and break their engagement. When Ralph arrives at the party, he sees Jackson perform his impressions and realizes that he is the voice of Ronald Colman and Charles Laughton. After Ralph slugs Jackson and Johnny, a fight ensues and the military police arrive and arrest Jackson, Bitsy, Clark and Johnny. The next day, the four remorsefully watch from their jail cell as their company ships out to Japan. All ends happily, however, when Mapy explains the situation to Terry, who then forgives Johnny. After Johnny and Terry are wed, the four privates rejoin their company aboard ship and sing farewell to their women beckoning from shore. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
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