|Two Weeks with Love|
|Directed by||Roy Rowland|
|Written by||John Larkin (story)|
Dorothy Kingsley and
John Larkin (screenplay)
|Produced by||Jack Cummings|
|Edited by||Cotton Warburton|
|Music by||George Stoll|
|November 10, 1950|
Set in the early 20th century, the film focuses on the Robinson family. Patti (Jane Powell) and Melba (Debbie Reynolds), the daughters, are both accomplished in the performing arts, while the Robinson boys love fireworks and mischief. Mrs. Robinson (Ann Harding) is charming and very wise in the ways of young love. The Robinson family leaves their home in New York City to stay at "Kissimmee in the Catskills," a resort hotel in upstate New York, where love strikes both of the Robinson daughters.
The Robinson family is at the Stanley House Hotel, located in "Kissamee-in-the-Catskills", a resort town, for their annual two-week vacation. The resort owner's son, Billy, is enamored with Patti, who declines all of his invitations, considering him too young at 16 since she has just turned 17. Younger sister Melba is interested in Billy, but he is determined to chase after Patti.
Patti and her friend Valerie, a slightly older actress, compete for the attention of Demi, a handsome Cuban newly arrived at the resort. Valerie gives Patti poor advice on dealing with men and frequently points out that Patti is still a child.
Mr. Robinson overhears Billy and Patti complaining: Billy, because his father refuses to let him wear long pants, and Patti, because her mother refuses to let her wear a corset. Despite his wife's objections, Mr. Robinson buys a corset for Patti, inadvertently selecting a Surgical Corset (Back-brace corset) which has steel bone corsetry stays that lock up when the wearer bends too far.
At the variety show, Valerie convinces the resort owner to cut Patti from the show, but when Valerie cannot find her dancing shoes, she refuses to perform and Patti takes her place in a dance with Demi. During the dance, Patti's corset locks up and she is carried from the stage.
Mrs. Robinson releases Patti from the corset and promises to buy her a proper corset the next day. Demi receives permission from Patti's parents to call on her when they return to the city.
- Jane Powell as Patti Robinson
- Ricardo Montalban as Demi Armendez
- Louis Calhern as Horatio Robinson
- Ann Harding as Katherine Robinson
- Phyllis Kirk as Valerie Stresemann
- Carleton Carpenter as Billy Finlay
- Debbie Reynolds as Melba Robinson
- Clinton Sundberg as Mr. Finlay
- Gary Gray as McCormick Robinson
- Tommy Rettig as Ricky Robinson
- Charles Smith as Eddie Gavin
- "Aba Daba Honeymoon" Music by Walter Donovan, Lyrics by Arthur Fields. Sung by Debbie Reynolds, Carleton Carpenter and others.
- "The Oceana Roll" Music by Lucien Denni, Lyrics by Roger Lewis. Sung by Jane Powell and others.
- "A Heart That's Free" Music by Alfred G. Robyn, Lyrics by Thomas Railey. Sung by Jane Powell.
- "Row, Row, Row." Music by James V. Monaco, Lyrics by William Jerome. Performed on-stage by Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter.
- "Leichte Kavallerie Overture" Music by Franz von Suppé. Played by the band in the park and when Valerie decides not to go on.
- "That's How I Need You" Music by Al Piantadosi, Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy and Joe Goodwin. Sung by Debbie Reynolds
- "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" Music by Gus Edwards, Lyrics by Edward Madden. Sung by Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Ricardo Montalban, Phyllis Kirk, Jane Powell and chorus, in the lake scene.
- "My Beautiful Lady" Music by Ivan Caryll, Lyrics by C.M.S. McLellan. Sung by the chorus during Patti's dream sequence.
- "My Hero." Music by Oscar Straus, Lyrics by Hugh Stanislaus Stange. Performed by Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalban during Patti's dream sequence.
- Sobre las olas (uncredited). Music by Juventino Rosas. Played during Eddie's juggling act.
- "Listen to the Mockingbird"Music by Richard Milburn, Lyrics by Septimus Winner. Played when Demi is outside Patti's dressing room door.
- "Destiny" (Waltz). Music by Sydney Baynes.
- "A media luz (tango)" Music by Edgardo Donatto, Lyrics by Carlos Lenzi. Danced by Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalban.
When the 1914 song "Aba Daba Honeymoon" became a huge hit after the release of this film, MGM sent Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter on a multicity personal appearance tour of Loews theaters to capitalize on its success, beginning in Washington, D.C.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
|Two Weeks With Love|
|Soundtrack album by |
Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Carleton Carpenter, George Stoll and the M-G-M Studio Orchestra
Two Weeks with Love, the soundtrack album to this film, was issued in a 10-inch LP format on MGM Records catalog E-530. All tracks are backed by the M-G-M Studio Orchestra under the direction of George Stoll.
- "A Heart That's Free" (Robyn - Railey) – performed by Jane Powell
- "Row, Row, Row" (Monaco - Jerome) – performed by Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter
- "Oceana Roll" (Denni - Lewis) – performed by Jane Powell
- "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" (Edwards - Madden) – performed by Jane Powell
- "Aba Daba Honeymoon" (Donovan - Fields) – performed by Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter
- "My Hero" (Straus - Stange) – performed by Jane Powell
Comic book adaptionEdit
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- "Top Grosses of 1950". Variety. January 3, 1951. p. 58.
- Reynolds, Debbie (2013). Unsinkable: A Memoir. HarperCollins Publishers. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-06-221365-5.
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-05.
- Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Carleton Carpenter, George Stoll (1950). Two Weeks With Love. MGM Records. E-530.
- "Movie Love #6". Grand Comics Database.
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