The Perfect Furlough

The Perfect Furlough is a 1958 American CinemaScope Eastmancolor romantic comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and written by Stanley Shapiro. Edwards and Shapiro would re-team the following year for another Tony Curtis service comedy, Operation Petticoat.

The Perfect Furlough
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theatrical release poster
Directed byBlake Edwards
Written byStanley Shapiro
Produced byRobert Arthur
StarringTony Curtis
Janet Leigh
Keenan Wynn
Linda Cristal
CinematographyPhilip Lathrop
Edited byMilton Carruth
Music byFrank Skinner
Universal-International Pictures
Distributed byUniversal-International Pictures
Release dates
  • November 30, 1958 (1958-11-30) (United States)
  • January 21, 1959 (1959-01-21) (New York City)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.3 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]


The army has a problem with over 100 male soldiers stationed at an isolated Arctic base for nearly a year are having psychological problems due to their isolation. As a result, they have lost a sense of military discipline, are careless and lackadaisical in their duties and their morale is at rock bottom. As it is impossible to give all the soldiers a furlough, their commanding general in the US holds a meeting to discuss the best solution. Army psychiatrist Lieutenant Vicky Loren suggests that the soldiers on the isolated base decide amongst themselves what would be "the perfect furlough" with a lottery being held where one lucky soldier would go on the furlough with the rest of the soldiers living vicariously through him. They decide on a trip to Paris with sex symbol movie star Sandra Roca.

The scheming Corporal Paul Hodges wins the lottery and gets to Paris, France, on a three weeks' leave. The army is worried that Hodges' reputation as a ladies' man will embarrass the army if he has his way with the film star. Lt. Loren and two military policemen keep Hodges under constant supervision, but Hodges schemes to score with Sandra.


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  1. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34

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