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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.



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Complete credited cast:
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)
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:

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Linda Seton was loosely based on Gertrude Sanford Legendre, a former débutante who left high society to become a big-game hunter and later spied for the OSS during WWII. 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: I want to save part of my life for myself. There's a catch to it though, it's gotta be part of the young part. You know, retire young, work old, come back and work when I know what I'm working for, does that make any sense?
Linda Seton: That makes a lot of sense. Does Julia know?
Johnny Case: No, I don't want to raise her hopes until I get enough money together.
Linda Seton: Oh she has enough for two right now, or ten for that matter.
Johnny Case: No, that's out. I don't want her dough, I want to earn it myself.
Linda Seton: That's foolish. You're alright ...
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Tales from the Vienna Woods
Music by Johann Strauss
Played during New Year's party
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a wonderful, enchanting film
30 January 2005 | by See 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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