Perfect Furlough, The (1958): Blake Edwards’ Service Comedy Starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh

The Perfect Furlough, a slightly amusing romantic comedy, is directed by the young Blake Edwards, and based on Stanley Shapiro’s screenplay.

A female Army shrink devises the “perfect furlough” for battle-weary men and then convinces the brass to let her try it on selected men stationed at her base. According to her plan, the men should be given three weeks to meet their desires.

Corporal Paul Hodges (Tony Curtis), after a long period in an isolated Arctic base, wins a lottery and goes to Paris on a three weeks leave, where he is placed under the supervision of psychiatrist lieutenant Vicky Loren (Janet Leigh).

Edwards and Shapiro reteamed the following year to better effects for another service comedy, Operation Petticoat, a hugely commercial feature, co-starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis.

The film also stars Linda Cristal the Argentine Bombshell, Keenan Wynn, Elaine Stritch, and Troy Donahue.

Running time: 93 minutes.