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Holiday -- A delightful comedy with all the sophistication that Cukor could muster, the famous Barry play is enhanced by the fine talents of Hepburn and Grant. She's a rich socialite who wants to experience the newness of life high and low, he is the poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks.

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Director:
Writers:
Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay) &
Sidney Buchman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 June 1938 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's Grand The Way They Prove That Every Day's a Holiday...When You're in Love! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
So Right for Phillip Barry Roles See more (83 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Linda Seton

Cary Grant ... Johnny Case

Doris Nolan ... Julia Seton

Lew Ayres ... Ned Seton

Edward Everett Horton ... Professor Nick Potter
Henry Kolker ... Edward Seton

Binnie Barnes ... Mrs. Laura Cram

Jean Dixon ... Mrs. Susan Elliott Potter

Henry Daniell ... Seton Cram
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)
Charles Trowbridge ... Banker (scenes deleted)
Marion Ballou ... Portrait of Grandmother Seton (uncredited)
Beatrice Blinn ... Maid (uncredited)
Thomas Braidon ... Downstairs Butler Admitting Johnny (uncredited)
Maurice Brierre ... Ship's Steward (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord ... Setons' Cook (uncredited)

Luke Cosgrave ... Portrait of Grandfather Seton (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ... Maid (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Kitchen Maid (uncredited)
Neil Fitzgerald ... Edgar (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Dorothy - Party Guest (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ... Scotchman (uncredited)
Mitchell Harris ... Jennings (uncredited)
George Hickman ... Telegraph Boy (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Maude Hume ... Maid (uncredited)
Raymond Lawrence ... Butler at Party (uncredited)

Eric Mayne ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Bunny - Party Guest (uncredited)
George Pauncefort ... Henry (uncredited)
Esther Peck ... Mrs. Jennings (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Marjorie (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Butler at Party (uncredited)
Charles Richman ... Thayer (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Lillian West ... Mrs. Thayer (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay) &
Sidney Buchman (screenplay)

Philip Barry (from the play by)

Produced by
Everett Riskin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sidney Cutner (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
Otto Meyer 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson  (as Stephen Goossón)
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cliff P. Broughton .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Lionel Banks .... associate art director
Babs Johnstone .... interior decorator
 
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Paul Mertz .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Flato .... jeweller
 
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95 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Jewelry for this film was designed and provided by Paul Flato, for years a famous jeweler to the stars.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)See more »

FAQ

Is "Holiday" based on a book?
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
So Right for Phillip Barry Roles, 6 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Katharine Hepburn brought three Phillip Barry characters to life on the screen in Without Love, The Philadelphia Story and first and foremost Holiday. Her upper class upbringing in Connecticut made her the perfect actress for his plays about the fabulously wealthy which Depression Era USA just ate up.

Holiday of necessity had to be updated. It debuted on Broadway in the boom year of 1928 so some lines to acknowledge the Great Depression had to be included. When Henry Daniell says his obscene market profits would be better with the right kind of government, he's taking dead aim at the New Deal, in particularly the newly formed Security Exchange Commission.

One guy who wants out of the money making rat race is Cary Grant as Johnny Case. He's a poor kid who's worked his way up, probably the same as the founder of the Seton fortune did back in the day. But he's decided there's more to life than just making money. Like Grandpa Vanderhof in You Can't Take It With You or Charles Foster Kane who admittedly inherited his. Henry Kolker as Edward Seton and George Coulouris as Thatcher think exactly alike.

Case has a vision of his life and wants to share it with his fiancé Doris Nolan. But he's picked the wrong sister, it's younger sister Katharine Hepburn of the Seton girls who's his soul mate.

As one who's now retired and admittedly not living in the style of the Setons I can empathize with Cary Grant. As long as you have enough to live on and you have interests to occupy yourself and you don't have a family to support, why work? In fact make room for the next generation who might have a family to support.

In that sense Holiday has a message that applies more for today than it did in 1938. Make what you can, take care of those who depend on you, but get out and enjoy life.

And enjoy Holiday.

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