Holiday Affair

Holiday Affair (12/24/14) TCM (1949 **1/2) Directed by Don Hartman, starring Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh and Wendell Corey. Set at Christmas, an engaged “secret shopper” costs a salesman his job, and as an act of revenge, he falls madly in love with her. This was a strange film, aired by TCM as a little-known Holiday classic. While it may be set at Christmas, I can see why it’s not as beloved as, say, Miracle on 34th Street (1947). It was interesting seeing Janet Leigh in an early performance as a single mom who had lost her husband in WWII, but she never seemed particularly sympathetic to me. And Robert Michum came off less as a romantic leading man and more than a little creepy, bordering on menacing! It’s no wonder he was later cast in Night of the Hunter (1955) and Cape Fear (1962). To be honest, there was one point in the second act when I worried the story was going to head in a very disturbing direction.

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