Holiday

Holiday

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Director: George Cukor

Cast: George Cukor, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan

     
 

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Both film versions of Phillip Barry's stage comedy Holiday have their merits, but the 1938 version has the added advantage of supercharged star power. Katharine Hepburn and Doris Nolan play Linda and Julia Seton, two daughters of a very well-to-do family. Linda feels a bit lost in the shuffle as sister Julia prepares to marry self-made financier Cary Grant.

Overview

Both film versions of Phillip Barry's stage comedy Holiday have their merits, but the 1938 version has the added advantage of supercharged star power. Katharine Hepburn and Doris Nolan play Linda and Julia Seton, two daughters of a very well-to-do family. Linda feels a bit lost in the shuffle as sister Julia prepares to marry self-made financier Cary Grant. Hepburn has always rebelled against her privileged trappings, and finds a kindred spirit in the unorthodox, iconoclastic Grant. On the verge of compromising his down-to-earth values with his marriage to the wealth-obsessed Nolan, Grant chooses instead to plight his troth with soul-mate Hepburn, celebrating his "liberation" by doing several cartwheels. Donald Ogden Stewart is careful to bring the pre-Depression frivolities of the Barry play up-to-date, first by changing the character of Grant's best friend (played in both films by Edward Everett Horton) from a lazy socialite to a dedicated professor, and by including several lines indicating how out of touch the privileged classes are--and choose to remain--with 1930s realities. The only element in which the remake does not improve on the original is in the casting of Hepburn's alcoholic younger brother; charming though Lew Ayres is in the 1938 film, he is still outclassed by Monroe Owsley in Holiday (1930). Katharine Hepburn managed to temporarily defray her "box office poison" onus when Holiday proved to be a success; alas, her next film, Bringing Up Baby (which reteamed her with Grant), was a financial bust, compelling her to return to Broadway--where she made a spectacular comeback in another Philip Barry play, The Philadelphia Story.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Based on a successful Broadway play by Philip Barry, this delightful 1938 comedy reunited Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, who had teamed so felicitously earlier that year in Bringing Up Baby and were later to work their magic in The Philadelphia Story, another Barry adaptation. Grant plays a cheerful but impecunious nonconformist who becomes engaged to the snobby daughter (Doris Nolan) of a millionaire banker (Henry Kolker). In getting acquainted with the family, he finds himself drawn to his fiancée's sister (Hepburn), a rebellious young spitfire with little use for convention. Also along for the ride are Lew Ayres, as Hepburn's cynical, disillusioned, perpetually drunk brother, and Edward Everett Horton, playing Grant's fun-loving but henpecked friend. Holiday unfolds largely indoors on lavishly appointed sets peopled with glamorously gowned females and dinner-jacketed males. The dialogue is delightfully sharp, and George Cukor's customarily precise direction elicits letter-perfect line readings from his unusually well cast players. The film’s principal theme -- that life's riches can't be counted in dollars and cents -- might have carried considerably more weight in the Depression era than it does today. But Holiday still scores as grand entertainment, with Grant and Hepburn lighting up the screen in their scenes together.
All Movie Guide
George Cukor was arguably the best and most consistent director of sophisticated romantic comedies in the golden age of the 1930s and 1940s. Literate, thoughtful, and refined, his efforts in the genre were blueprints for all who followed, and Holiday was no exception. Next to The Philadelphia Story, the film is perhaps his most-loved comedy. An enjoyable screen version of the same Philip Barry play had been produced just eight years earlier, starring Mary Astor and Robert Ames, but Cukor improved on it in just about every way. This is the second of three times that Cukor worked with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Hepburn was Cukor's favorite star, and he was instrumental in her success as an actress ever since her first leading role, in the director's 1932 film Bill of Divorcement.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2006
UPC:
0043396114166
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
4,689

Special Features

Cary at Columbia featurette; Deleted scene photographs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Linda Seton
Cary Grant Johnny Case
Doris Nolan Julia Seton
Lew Ayres Ned Seton
Edward Everett Horton Nick Potter
Binnie Barnes Laura Cram
Henry Kolker Edward Seton
Jean Dixon Susan Potter
Henry Daniell Seton Cram
Harry Allen Actor
Marion Ballou Grandmother
Maurice Brierre Steward
Aileen Carlyle Farm Girl
Edward Cooper Scotchman
Luke Cosgrave Grandfather
Ruth Donnelly Actor
Neil Fitzgerald Edgar
Bess Flowers Dorothy's Party Guest
Mitchell Harris Jennings
George Hickman Telegraph Boy
Howard Hickman Man in Church
Matt McHugh Taxi Driver
Margaret McWade Farmer's Wife
George Pauncefort Edgar
Hilda Plowright Woman in Church
Charles Richman Thayer
Frank Shannon Farmer
Charles Trowbridge Banker
Lillian West Mrs. Thayer
Maude Hume Maid

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Lionel Banks Art Director
Sidney Buchman Screenwriter
Al Clark Editor
Sidney B. Cutner Score Composer
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Babs Johnstone Set Decoration/Design
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Otto Meyer Editor
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Everett J. Riskin Producer
Donald Ogden Stewart Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Holiday
1. Start [1:22]
2. "It's Love. I Met the Girl." [3:24]
3. Right House, Wrong Door [1:55]
4. The Famous Mr. Ned [1:39]
5. A Man of the People & a Seton [4:46]
6. Telling Sister Linda Everything [2:07]
7. Breaking the News to Father [2:34]
8. In the Playroom [5:37]
9. Coaching Johnny [4:45]
10. Linda's Party Plan [1:34]
11. The Selling of Mr. Case [7:27]
12. Father's Decision [3:10]
13. The New Year's Eve Party [2:41]
14. Family History [1:58]
15. The Potters Arrive [2:58]
16. A Group of Very Unimportant People [3:32]
17. An Exclusive 5th Avenue Club [8:14]
18. Putting Linda in Her Place [1:52]
19. Johnny's Career Plan [3:20]
20. Taking a Moment with Linda [4:15]
21. "What's It Like to Get Drunk?" [2:45]
22. The Engagement Announcement [3:41]
23. At the Potters' [3:37]
24. The Setons Take Sides [3:13]
25. Linda & Ned [2:22]
26. Compromise? [2:16]
27. Calling the Whole Thing Off [7:02]
28. Linda Gets Her Johnny [1:30]

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Holiday 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
kellyfornia More than 1 year ago
Before the smooth rolling tongues of The Philadelphia Story, with both the headlining actors in what seem like already more mature roles, you can watch Grant and Hepburn in Holiday, rollicking it up with a charm and wit that, although rough, completely takes you along for the ride. If you want to enjoy a time past and fall in love with a completely absurd, but charming family and their money-blinded antics, pick this one up. Take your own holiday from the worries of the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best old movies!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This film stars Cary Grant as a free spirited man who is engaged to a stuck up woman (Doris Nolan). He soon finds out that she is from a wealthy family that is presided over by an overbearing and very controlling father. He meets his fiancée¿s down to earth sister (Katharine Hepburn). They take a liking to each other and slowly fall in love. This is a good film that is recommended!