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Seven Days' Leave

Seven Days' Leave(1942)

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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 Hollywood Reporter, Harold Peary threatened to leave the cast unless his role as "Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve" was expanded. In December 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 above 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 Hollywood Reporter 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 Hollywood Reporter. 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.