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Stolen Holiday
     

Stolen Holiday

Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Kay Francis, Claude Rains, Ian Hunter

 
The "Stavisky Affair," a high-level swindling scandal which all but destroyed the French government in the early 1930s, was the unofficial inspiration for Stolen Holiday. Claude Rains plays a suave confidence artist who has wormed his way into top European social and financial circles. When faced with exposure, Rains is protected by governmental and business

Overview

The "Stavisky Affair," a high-level swindling scandal which all but destroyed the French government in the early 1930s, was the unofficial inspiration for Stolen Holiday. Claude Rains plays a suave confidence artist who has wormed his way into top European social and financial circles. When faced with exposure, Rains is protected by governmental and business higher-ups lest they be arrested for complicity in his crimes. Kay Francis plays an ambitious model who marries Rains, but regrets it when she falls in love with Ian Hunter. The real Alexander Stavisky ultimately avoided prosecution by committing suicide. The Hays Office wouldn't stand for that, so Claude Rains' character in Stolen Holiday is conveniently murdered.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Despite an opening disclaimer to the contrary, Stolen Holiday is indeed based on the famous Stavisky scandal of the 1930s -- not that it matters, since Holiday is an enjoyable little melodrama whether one knows the real life story behind it or not. Holiday falls a little short of being an especially good film, but it still is a better than average one. What keeps it from rating higher is the fact that the section of the film that gives it its title -- an idyllic romance between Kay Francis and Ian Hunter -- is far less interesting than the con man caper that bookends this sequence. It also doesn't help that good guy Hunter simply isn't as interesting as bad guy Claude Rains (and that hold true whether talking about the actors or the characters they portray). Rains is a wonderful trickster, amoral and ruthless but still charming; Hunter is simply bland. Francis works well with Hunter, but she really kicks things in high gear when she's with Rains, and so there's an imbalance in the film, despite the best (and very good) efforts of director Michael Curtiz. Still, this flaw is by no means fatal, and Holiday is a very entertaining film. Francis has never been better, and she looks absolutely stunning; not every actress could pull off the fashions so well.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
UPC:
0883316270431
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
44,845

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kay Francis Nicole Picot
Claude Rains Stefan Orloff
Ian Hunter Anthony Wayne
Alison Skipworth Suzanne
Alex D'Arcy Anatole
Betty Lawford Helen Tuttle
Walter Kingsford Francis Chalon
Charles Halton Le Grande
Frank Reicher Ranier
Frank Conroy Dupont
Egon Brecher Deputy Bergery
Kathleen Howard Madame Delphine
Wedgewood Nowell Borel
Robert Strange Prefect of Police

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Harry Joe Brown Producer
Warren B. Duff Original Story
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
Fred Jackman Special Effects
Terrell O. Morse Editor
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer

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