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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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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So daring -- so tender -- so human -- so true -- that everyone in love will want to see it! See more »

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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 »

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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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a wonderful, enchanting film
30 January 2005 | by (United States) – 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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