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Christmas Holiday (1944)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  30 June 1944 (USA)
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A young femme fatale-type woman realizes that the wealthy man she married is an incorrigible wastrel.



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Cast overview:
Jackie Lamont / Abigail Martin
Robert Manette
Richard Whorf ...
Simon Fenimore
Dean Harens ...
Lt. Charles Mason
Valerie De Merode
Mrs. Manette
David Bruce ...
Gerald Tyler


A young femme fatale-type woman realizes that the wealthy man she married is an incorrigible wastrel.

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Release Date:

30 June 1944 (USA)  »

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W. Somerset Maugham's Christmas Holiday  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 17, 1945 with David Bruce reprising his film role. See more »


After Robert breaks out of jail, the newspaper spells his last name as "Mannette", however the spelling of the last name in the end credits is "Manette". See more »


[first lines]
Corporal: [to the soldiers] You are now about to become Officers of the Army of the United States.
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Silent Night, Holy Night
Music by Franz Gruber
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A perfumed but poisoned Christmas card from Siodmak, Durbin
4 September 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Christmas Holiday, one of Robert Siodmak's early cluster of what would later be called film noir, is based on a W. Somerset Maugham story and a Herman J. Mankiewicz script. It's a triumph of casting against type. Gene Kelly is a scheming charmer prone to violence; his doting mom is Gale Sondergaard, for once not splaying her usual dragon-lady claws (at least not through most of her role). Most startling is the diminutive thrush Deanna Durbin, a pert presence and teen star in a number of 30s and 40s hits. Here she delivers a natural, nuanced performance that cleaves nicely between the exuberant ingenue of her early romance with Kelly (told in flashback) and the hardened torch-carrier she becomes. Her singing reflects these shadings, too: the winsome songbird warbles an early snatch of "Always;" a swacked, Chet-Bakerish chanteuse phones in "Spring will be a little late this year," while the reprise of "Always" turns into a heavy, torchy number. The plot's about a soldier stranded in New Orleans on Christmas Eve, after getting a Dear John wire from his fiancee; he ends up meeting Durbin in a roadhouse, and they swap stories after midnight Mass. Alas, Kelly has escaped from the pen at Angola with a mind to settle some scores. Maugham's chum Noel Coward once marvelled at how potent cheap music could be; this movie, like Jean Negulesco's Humoresque, ends with the strains of Wagner's Liebestod -- transcendent music cheaply used -- and, against your better instincts, you get sucked right in.

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