Summer Holiday (1948 film)

Summer Holiday

Australian theatrical release poster
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
Produced by Arthur Freed
Written by Eugene O'Neill (play)
Frances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Irving Brecher
Jean Holloway
Starring Mickey Rooney
Gloria DeHaven
Agnes Moorehead
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
April 16, 1948 (1948-04-16)
Running time
92-93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,237,000[1][2]
Box office $1,609,000[1]

Summer Holiday is a 1948 American musical film, starring Mickey Rooney and Gloria DeHaven. The picture is based on the play Ah, Wilderness! (1933) by Eugene O'Neill, which had been filmed as under that name by MGM in 1935 with Rooney in a much smaller role. Though completed in October 1946, the film sat on the shelf until 1948.[3]

In addition to Walter Huston, the supporting cast features Frank Morgan as the drunken Uncle Sid, portrayed earlier by Wallace Beery on screen and later by Jackie Gleason on Broadway, as well as Marilyn Maxwell, Agnes Moorehead, Selena Royle and Anne Francis.



The film was a disappointment at the box office, earning only $1,208,000 in the US and Canada and $401,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $1,460,000.[1][4][5]


  1. 1 2 3 The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. Another source puts the cost at $2 million Variety February 1948
  4. Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p 401
  5. "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46

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