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Mad Holiday (1936)

Passed  -  Comedy | Mystery  -  13 November 1936 (USA)
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Philip Trent is tired of playing film detective Shelby James. He thinks that the stories are tripe and plans a vacation to get away from Hollywood. But on the ship, he meets a mysterious ... See full summary »

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Philip Trent
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Peter Dean
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Mrs. Faye Kinney
Ted Healy ...
Mert Morgan
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Williams
Edgar Kennedy ...
Donovan
Soo Yong ...
Li Tai
Walter Kingsford ...
Ben Kelvin
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Captain Bromley
Raymond Hatton ...
Cokey Joe Ferris aka Joe Larkin
Rafaela Ottiano ...
Ning
Harlan Briggs ...
Mr. Bertie Kinney
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Hendrick Van Mier
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Philip Trent is tired of playing film detective Shelby James. He thinks that the stories are tripe and plans a vacation to get away from Hollywood. But on the ship, he meets a mysterious young woman and then finds a body, only to find out that the whole affair was staged by Peter Dean - author of the Shelby James novels. But then Mr. Van Mier is found murdered in the same way and the Dragon diamond is missing. No matter what Philip tries to do, he finds himself involved with the crime and meddles his way through it looking for the killer and the diamond - with the help of author Dean. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Cast Makes The Film Worth Watching
13 December 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mad Holiday (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

MGM crime-mystery about actor Philip Trent (Edmund Lowe) who grows tired of playing a mystery solver so he decides to quit the film business and go on a trip. On board a ship he runs into Peter Dean (Elissa Landi) who just happens to be the writer of his story. It doesn't take long for the two to find a dead body and now they're got a real mystery to solve. It's clear that this "B" picture was trying to recapture the magic of THE THIN MAN and while it doesn't reach the levels of that classic, the fun cast makes the film worth viewing. There's no question that Lowe was an expert at playing this type of character. The character is rather full of himself, charming and has a way with words so Lowe is perfect at this. He's especially good early on once he finally cracks and realizes that he doesn't want to act in these type of pictures. Landi makes for a good partner in crime as the two manage to have some nice chemistry. The supporting cast has some very familiar faces with Edgar Kennedy stealing the picture as a detective who just happens to be on board the ship. Zasu Pitts plays a rather dimwitted fan of the actor and Ted Healy can be seen playing a stooge promotional man for the studio. The actual mystery itself is a pretty good one as you'll certainly be left in the dark as to who the killer is and what the exact motive was. Director George B. Seitz does a nice job at keeping the film moving at a nice pace and the screenplay also has some good touches and especially when it gives the viewer a few winks about what happens behind the scenes of one of these films. MAD HOLIDAY is far from perfect but it's a nice little time killer.


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