The Devil's Holiday (1930)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  9 May 1930 (USA)
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Cast overview:
Hallie Hobart
Phillips Holmes ...
David Stone
James Kirkwood ...
Mark Stone
Hobart Bosworth ...
Ezra Stone
Ned Sparks ...
Charlie Thorne
Morgan Farley ...
Monkey McConnell
Jed Prouty ...
Kent Carr
Dr. Reynolds
Morton Downey ...
Freddie (the tenor)
Guy Oliver ...
Jessie Pringle ...
Aunt Betty
Wade Boteler ...
House Detective
Laura La Varnie ...
Madame Bernstein (as Laura Le Vernie)


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Suckers!-Sinners!-Saints! She toyed with them - scoffed at them - laughed at them - until she was caught in toils of her own net! (Poster).


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9 May 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diabelskie wakacje  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Alternate-language version of Sonntag des Lebens (1931) See more »


You Are a Song
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Edmund Goulding
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Nancy Carroll gets Phillips Holmes
13 July 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Beautiful manicurist Nancy Carroll (as Hallie Hobart) sets her sights on handsome Philips Holmes (as David Stone), the son of wealthy wheat farmer Hobart Bosworth (as Ezra Stone). Professing to hate men, Ms. Carroll is only interested in luring Mr. Holmes in for a lucrative business deal. Holmes easily falls in love, but older brother James Kirkwood (as Mark Stone) brands Carroll a low-life gold-digger. To get even with the straight-laced Stone family, Carroll accepts Holmes' marriage proposal. Then, while Carroll and the family negotiate the cost of her departure, she falls unexpectedly in love…

Well, make that expectedly… "The Devil's Holiday" is a creaky, but worthwhile "early talkie" drama. First of all, it features Carroll's second-place finishing "Academy Award" performance as "Best Actress" (Norma Shearer won for her "Divorcée"). At the time, Carroll was a considered a "new" talking pictures star; in that respect, she was the first "talkie"-dominant actress to move in on the "Quigley Poll" top ten list of established "silent" stars. Carroll was #10 in 1929, and seemed assured of super-stardom with the new dramatic range she showed in "Devil's Holiday" (where she displayed real sweat and tears).

Holmes is also at his best, playing the love-struck rich kid with wide-eyed innocence. And, he gets one of those great "smacked on the staircase" scenes. Holmes falls in love three times in this movie, but only for Nancy Carroll. She and Holmes had great chemistry, as you'll see; and, box office returns dictated they would be re-teamed fairly quickly (for the close to, but not quite "Stolen Heaven"). Writer/director Edmund Goulding manages well considering it was early 1930. You also get two pioneer players, Messrs. Kirkwood and Bosworth, in featured roles; and, the minor cast members are used very well.

******* The Devil's Holiday (5/9/30) Edmund Goulding ~ Nancy Carroll, Phillips Holmes, James Kirkwood, Hobart Bosworth

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