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Holiday (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  15 June 1938 (USA)
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A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long suffering brother.



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Complete credited cast:
Henry Kolker ...
Jean Dixon ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen ...
Scotchman (scenes deleted)
Frank Benson ...
Scotchman (scenes deleted)
Aileen Carlyle ...
Farm Girl (scenes deleted)
Edward Cooper ...
Scotchman (scenes deleted)
Margaret McWade ...
Farmer's Wife (scenes deleted)
Frank Shannon ...
Farmer (scenes deleted)


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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Release Date:

15 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir para gozar  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Upset at the negative publicity that star Katharine Hepburn was receiving in advance of the film, studio boss Harry Cohn proposed to take out an ad in Variety asking "What is wrong with Katharine Hepburn?" Hepburn cautioned Cohn against the idea stating "Look out! They may tell you!" See more »


When Linda decides to come downstairs to join the New Year's Eve party, her hairstyle when she begins her descent changes as she is descending the stairs. See more »


Johnny Case: When I find myself in a position like this, I ask myself what would General Motors do? And then I do the opposite!
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The Sailor's Hornpipe
Played on flute by Lew Ayres
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Very charming movie
29 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I actually like this Grant and Hepburn pairing even better than The Philadelphia Story! The theme that love and independence are what's really important and that riches are not the be all and end all of life is very inspirational. Grant and Hepburn, and even Grant and Nolan at the beginning, have great chemistry and bring their characters to wonderful life. The supporting cast complements them perfectly. Cukor did a masterful job converting the story from the stage to the screen and coaxing the performances out of his cast. This is simply a wonderful movie, 9/10.

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