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Stolen Holiday (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 6 February 1937 (USA)
Nicole Picot is working as a model in a Paris dress salon when she is picked by Stefan Orloff to help him convince a wealthy investor that he is well connected. She is to wear an expensive ... See full summary »

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Stefan Orloff
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Anthony Wayne
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Suzanne
Alexander D'Arcy ...
Anatole
Betty Lawford ...
Helen Tuttle
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Francis Chalon
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Le Grande
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Rainer
Frank Conroy ...
Dupont
Egon Brecher ...
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Robert Strange ...
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Kathleen Howard ...
Mme. Delphine
Wedgwood Nowell ...
M. Borel (as Wedgewood Nowell)
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Nicole Picot is working as a model in a Paris dress salon when she is picked by Stefan Orloff to help him convince a wealthy investor that he is well connected. She is to wear an expensive dress and dine with them because she has "class." The scheme works and both Stefan and Nicole become very wealthy over the course of a few years. Stefan is a "financier" while Nicole opens her own dress salon. But while Nicole's business is above board, Stefan's isn't, and eventually his web of deceit and fraud begins to unravel. Not always honest with her either, Stefan enlists Nicole's help one last time to avoid prison. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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The large biplane that Nicole and Stefan fly from London to Geneva midway through the film is a Handley Page H.P.45, one of only four built, each of which had a unique name. The one in this film is "Horatius" as its registration, G-AAXD, can clearly be seen in the scenes of the aircraft taking off and landing. It was destroyed on November 7, 1939 as it was making an emergency landing on a golf course after returning from France on a transport mission.

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When Stefan meets up with Nicole at the charity event, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible moving on the wall upper left in the frame. See more »

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Stefan Orloff: [they will find you... ] By then they may find only my thumb securely glued to the end of my nose.
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Stolen Holiday
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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A model becomes involved with a swindler
13 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kay Francis stars in "Stolen Holiday," a 1937 film that also stars Claude Rains, Ian Hunter and Alison Skipworth. Francis plays Nicole Picot, a beautiful Parisian model who is hired by Orloff (Claude Rains) to be his escort for an important dinner with a financier. The dinner is a great success, Orloff makes a lot of money and sets Nicole up in her own design house. Though there is not a romantic involvement, they are very close friends, and she is very loyal to him.

Unbeknownst to her, Orloff is involved in some unsavory business practices, and things begin to unravel when he and Nicole take a vacation together. Since Orloff isn't around, and at the encouragement of her assistant (Alison Skipworth), Nicole is escorted around town by Anthony Wayne (Ian Hunter). The two fall in love. However, Orloff believes that an elaborate society wedding will make the police less likely to bother him, so Nicole agrees to marry him.

The cast and the fashions really help this story. Francis looks beautiful in some great fashions. She often played strong, independent women - even as a young woman, as she is here, she has the air of a leading lady and not an ingénue. Despite her famous speech impediment, her speaking voice is one of her most interesting traits - low and melodic. Rains could play anything. Here he's an elegant Russian swindler who has set his business up with his own self-preservation in mind, and he's very believable. Alison Skipworth, as Nicole's friend and assistant, brings some humor to the film as a card-reader who is less than enthusiastic about Nicole's association with Orloff.

Good movie, and I'm grateful that here in the states, we're able to see films such as this on TCM.


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