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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:
So daring -- so tender -- so human -- so true -- that everyone in love will want to see it! 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 »
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(32 articles)
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User Reviews:
A playful look at wealth and its obligations.... See more (79 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)
Bobby 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
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
The third of four movies pairing Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the playroom, Linda's diamond necklace is three strands. In several scenes the necklace is two strands, then goes back to three.See more »
Quotes:
Linda Seton:Someone stop me; O someone please, just try and stop me!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Sailor's HornpipeSee more »

FAQ

Is "Holiday" based on a book?
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A playful look at wealth and its obligations...., 19 March 1999
Author: R Worrell (rhea_worrell@prodigy.net) from Durham, NC

Wit, insight, deft characterization, family misery, and social commentary all play a part in Holiday. The acting and script are superb -- all the characters are sympathetically drawn and interact in the foreground, while wealth and its "privileges" form the background.

Is love a social obligation? Or does it spring from sheer affinity? Should the acquisition of wealth be the summum bonum of experience -- or happen accidently, as the result of hard and honest work? These are the questions that will tease you, as you enjoy the gleaming intelligence of Katherine Hepburn and the polished insouciance of Cary Grant. Both are in top form!!!

What stands out in my recollection of this film is the theme of play. The stars are playful; they get acquainted among the toys in a playroom. The plot revolves around a holiday -- a chance for adults to play. There are plays on words. The Play is the Thing. Holiday is ultimately about the importance of play, in all its connotations: flexibility, acting out, silly behavior, continuous learning, freedom to be.

It is okay for adults to play sometimes, or do adults need "permission" to play?

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