I’m halfway through my Last Call Holiday Film list, so I figured I’d throw in a wild card film – Holiday Affair.
I just watched this film for the first time this year and I cannot believe I never stumbled across it before. It’s really cute, and fits right in there with Miracle on 34th Street minus the Santa bit. It stars a charming Janet Leigh (I only have ever seen her in psycho, so seeing her play a smiling, delightful ingenue was a surprise) as a widow who finds herself torn between two men – a steadfast secure lawyer (Wendell Corey) and a funny, but dashing store clerk (Robert Mitchum.)
What evolves is a fun, but complicated drama as Leigh works through her faithfulness to her late husband, her commitment to Corey, and her unexpected passion for Mitchum. Throw in her precocious six year old son, a toy train, and New York’s Central Park Zoo and you’ve got yourself a Holiday Affair.