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Holiday (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 15 June 1938 (USA)
A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay), Sidney Buchman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Linda Seton
Cary Grant ... Johnny Case
Doris Nolan ... Julia Seton
Lew Ayres ... Ned Seton
Edward Everett Horton ... Nick Potter
Henry Kolker ... Edward Seton
Binnie Barnes ... Laura Cram
Jean Dixon ... Susan Potter
Henry Daniell ... Seton Cram
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen Harry Allen ... Scotchman (scenes deleted)
Frank Benson Frank Benson ... Scotchman (scenes deleted)
Aileen Carlyle Aileen Carlyle ... Farm Girl (scenes deleted)
Edward Cooper Edward Cooper ... Scotchman (scenes deleted)
Margaret McWade ... Farmer's Wife (scenes deleted)
Frank Shannon ... Farmer (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Free-thinking Johnny Case finds himself betrothed to a millionaire's daughter. When her family, with the exception of black-sheep Linda and drunken Ned, want Johnny to settle down to big business, he rebels, wishing instead to spend the early years of his life on "holiday." With the help of his friends Nick and Susan Potter, he makes up his mind as to which is the better course, and the better mate. Written by Terri A. Mabry <tamabry@uci.edu>

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Heart-warming drama -- smiles -- and the tears behind them! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Final feature film of Jean Dixon. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning when Johnny arrives to visit the Potters, he walks down the hallway, turns the corner, and goes to their apartment door. When the door is opened, it reveals a large apartment that would extend well into the hallway and seems to have windows that would look into the hallway, too. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Case: I don't call what I've been doing living.
Linda Seton: And what do you recommend for yourself, doctor?
Johnny Case: A holiday.
Linda Seton: For how long?
Johnny Case: As long as I need.
Linda Seton: You mean just to play?
Johnny Case: No. I've been working since I was 10, I want to find out why I'm working. It can't just be to pay bills and pile up more money, even if you do the government's going to take most of it.
Linda Seton: But what is the answer?
Johnny Case: I don't know, that's what I intend to find out. The world's changing out there, there are a lot of new, exciting ideas running around. Some ...
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Referenced in Married... with Children: Go for the Old (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sailor's Hornpipe
(Uncredited)
Traditional
Played on flute by Lew Ayres
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a wonderful, enchanting film
30 January 2005 | by surrealistgirl_xSee all my reviews

This movie is one of my all time Hepburn and Grant favorites. It is truly a classic -- directed by George Cukor and written by Broadway playwright Philip Barry.

What really sets the film apart for me, as a comedy, is that the main characters are fully realized and complex. Cary Grant is Johnny, engaged to Hepburn's shallow, but socially acceptable sister. Hepburn's Linda is the black sheep of a vary ambitious, conceited family. It is her very humanity that makes her the "black sheep". She spends half of the movie in love with Johnny, but her respect for her sister and decency thwart her desires. Johnny wants to make his fortune as a young man, retire, and enjoy life. His fiancée attempts to control and manipulate him for her own ends and ambitions.

Edward Everett Horton is marvelous as one of Johnny's best friends. It is a warm and deep friendship.

As Johnny approaches the business deal that could leave him set for life, and marriage to a controlling woman conflict ensues.

I love the scene in the children's playroom -- it is witty and melancholy at the same time. There is a wonderful balance of drama, comedy, and heart in this movie. Don't miss it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,486
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Company Credits

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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