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Holiday Affair(1949)

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The working titles of this film were The Man Who Played Santa Claus and Christmas Gift. Gordon Gebert is listed last in the film's opening credits. Contemporary news items add the following information about the production: RKO paid $50,000 for the screen rights to John Weaver's story. In November 1948, Cary Grant and his then wife Betsy Drake were announced as the film's probable stars, but in January 1949, Montgomery Clift, James Stewart and Teresa Wright were being considered for leading roles. Before Janet Leigh was finally cast, Howard Hughes proteges Faith Domergue and Jane Russell were also considered. Only days before the start of production, Johnny Wright was announced for the part of "Timmy" and is listed as a cast member in Hollywood Reporter production charts. Gebert played the role in the film, however. RKO borrowed Leigh from M-G-M for the production and Wendell Corey from Hal Wallis' company. Some scenes were shot at Paramount Studios. A late July 1949 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that the studio was rushing the picture's opening in order to capitalize on Robert Mitchum's popularity, which had grown following his much-publicized conviction on narcotics possession earlier in the year and his success in the RKO film The Big Steal . This was producer/director Don Hartman's second and last picture for RKO. According to modern sources, the film lost $300,000 at the box office. Robert Mitchum and Gordon Gebert reprised their roles in a December 18, 1950 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast, co-starring Laraine Day. Scott Brady and Phyllis Thaxter starred in a Lux Video Theatre telecast on December 22, 1955.