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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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Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
15 June 1938 (USA) See more »
So daring -- so tender -- so human -- so true -- that everyone in love will want to see it! See more »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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An Important Lesson See more (83 total) »


  (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)

Frank McClure ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Taxi Driver (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
Crew verified as complete

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

In the poster art and some surviving stills, Hepburn wears a light-colored straw hat with her final costume in the film. this hat never appears in the film and must have been used only for photos before the film's release before being replaced with the wide-brimmed dark felt hat that is actually in the film.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:Well, well, let's ring bells! Let's send up skyrockets! . . . Well, let's turn on all the lights in the house.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.68" (2005)See more »
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Is "Holiday" based on a book?
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44 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
An Important Lesson, 28 December 2001
Author: Glenn Miller (boo_squib) from Colton, CA.

I just saw this incredible film for the third time. Unlike what most people comment about this movie, it is more than just "delightful" and "whimsical", or worst yet calling it a screwball comedy. If you call Holiday a screwball comedy, you may as well call It's A Wonderful Life the same thing. There are distinct parallels between these two groundbreaking works. Both deal with strong dreams being crushed. But in the case of Lew Ayres' character it is his "place" in society that stops him from becoming a serious composer. And though he comes from a wealthy family he does not have the freedom that many believe (falsely) to chose what he truly wishes to do. In a tightly-wound capitalistic society as ours, the obligations to continue the legacy of money-making overwhelms the individual's desire to create what many believe is frivolous artistry. What many of us, as well as his father, fail to realize is when this desire is crushed apathy sets in. This brings up the singularly amazing theme of this movie, a theme Philip Barry uses in many of his works, that a society that chases wealth without conscience, that suppresses truly individualistic idealism is a society of superficial, mean-spirited and back-biting people. The party scene in Holiday is a clear-eyed view of our society and how lost we are. Everyone talks down about others under their breath, than hypocritically smiles and fawns over these same people to insure their own place in society. Those who refuse to go along with this status quo are relegated, as Hepburn,Ayres,and the Professor and his wife are, to the childrens' playroom until they "grow-up" and accept things as they are. This films warms an audience with it's superficial whimsy, as "...Wonderful Life" did, yet can drive a cold stare with its slashing and often hurtful glances at how we are all relegated to the playroom of society if we express criticism of the narrow-mindenness and suffocating aspects of capitalism.

Holiday should be an important lesson to many of us on not just how important Life is, but shows us how much more important it is to grasp on to what truly makes it worth living.

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