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The Perfect Furlough(1959)

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According to a December 17, 1956 Los Angeles Times article, Stanley Shapiro's original story for The Perfect Furlough presented "Corp. Paul Hodges" as a stodgy scientist uninterested in the Parisian trip he has won. That article suggested Jayne Mansfield or Mamie Van Doren for the role of "Sandra Roca." A March 2, 1957 Los Angeles Times item reported that Robert Stack was being considered to play Paul and Dorothy Malone to play "Lt. Vicki Loren," a role the article described as "a public relations representative in the French capital."
       Hollywood Reporter reported in November 1958 that Universal would hold back the film's release until January 1958 to avoid the box office competition of the holiday releases. The Daily Variety reviewer noted that "although Tony Curtis never gets much credit for these light comedy performances, they take skill. He has a particular knack for underplaying or throwing away a reaction line that often tops the laugh or matches it."
       According to a January 10, 1958 Hollywood Reporter article, producer Carl Krueger filed a $4 million breach of contract suit against Linda Cristal and Universal, stating that Cristal had signed an exclusive contract with him in 1955, and requested that she be prevented from working on The Perfect Furlough. On January 24, 1958, Hollywood Reporter reported that a federal judge denied the injunction. A June 22, 1958 Hollywood Reporter item noted that the studio planned to add a title song to the film, to be written by novelist and poet Robert W. Service, "the poet laureate of the Yukon." No such song, however, was included in the viewed film, and it is possible that it was never written, as Service died on September 11, 1958. The article also stated that, in honor of Alaska's impending statehood, the film's world premiere would be held there. No further information about a premiere has been found.