Holiday Week (1952)

  |  Drama, Romance

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While on seaside holiday with her girlfriend Mary, a pretty factory worker named Jenny is attracted to Alan, son of the owner of the mill where she works. When she agrees to spend a week ... See full summary »

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10 August 2007 | trimmerb1234
| The fourth film version of a stage play
Extraordinary that there had been two silent and one talkie versions earlier - a testament to the strength of the original play. It raised the, for its time, very controversial question of "The Single Standard": should women have the same freedoms as men? By 1952 however the boldness and independence of the central character's actions had been largely overtaken by changes in society especially the sexual licence during wartime, consequently it had lost its controversial edge.

In this production the drama revolves more round the parents - they were of a generation that still held to Edwardian values even if their offspring didn't. Shorn of its controversial edge but retaining the questions of differences of class or rather money, the part that does remain is a well played modest domestic drama involving the parents.

As another reviewer has pointed out the Lancashire mill girl daughter speaks and dresses like a d├ębutante, indistinguishable from her upper class love "rival" - film companies apparently at the time obliged actresses to lose all trace of regional or working class accents. Small wonder the revolution of kitchen sink realism in play and film occurred within less than 4 years.

The earlier versions including the silent ones are rated higher than this probably because they were closer to the time when the story would have been controversial and highly charged. However now is probably the time for a period revival with its theme of a strong and independently minded working class young woman defying convention and self-interest.

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