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Holiday (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 15 June 1938 (USA)
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:
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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Heart-warming drama -- smiles -- and the tears behind them! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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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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Did You Know?


Katharine Hepburn understudied the role of Linda Seton (played by Hope Williams) in the original Broadway play. She also performed a scene from Holiday for her first screen test, which led to her first film role. See more »


Near the end of the movie, Johnny has being announced and is coming up the stairs and Neddie is trying to persuade Linda not to give up. As Neddie then walks away, he has his right arm fully extended down, forgetting that he is supposed to be carrying a drink, then, a second later, he remembers it and bends his right elbow at 90 degrees, keeping it bent. See more »


Linda Seton: [Making introductions] My brother Ned - Mr and Mrs Potter - they're friends of Johnny's.
Mrs. Susan Elliott Potter: He used to live with us.
Professor Nick Potter: We've come to warn his future bride about him - he never puts the cap back on the toothpaste.
Edward 'Ned' Seton: Mm-hmm. Then we'll drink a toast to Johnny - he *needs* it.
[Fills champagne glasses]
Mrs. Susan Elliott Potter: Needs it ?
Edward 'Ned' Seton: Oh. I'm wrong. He doesn't need it. Johnny's doing *all* right.
Linda Seton: What's on your mind Ned ?
Edward 'Ned' Seton: Nothing's on my mind.
Linda Seton: What do you mean - Johnny's doing all right ?
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1730)
Sung by the congregation in church
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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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