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The Devil's Holiday (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 May 1930 (USA)
A savvy city girl is hired to sugar an earnest farm boy into a business deal, but loses her heart.


Edmund Goulding


Edmund Goulding (screenplay), Edmund Goulding (story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Nancy Carroll ... Hallie Hobart
Phillips Holmes ... David Stone
James Kirkwood ... Mark Stone
Hobart Bosworth ... Ezra Stone
Ned Sparks ... Charlie Thorne
Morgan Farley ... Monkey McConnell
Jed Prouty ... Kent Carr
Paul Lukas ... Dr. Reynolds
Zasu Pitts ... Ethel
Morton Downey ... Freddie
Guy Oliver ... Hammond
Jessie Pringle Jessie Pringle ... Aunt Betty
Wade Boteler ... House Detective
Laura La Varnie Laura La Varnie ... Madame Bernstein (as Laura Le Vernie)
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A savvy city girl is hired to sugar an earnest farm boy into a business deal, but loses her heart.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


SUCKERS! SINNERS! SAINTS! She toyed with them - scoffed at them - laughed at them --- until she was caught in the toils of her own net! (original poster) See more »


Drama | Romance



Did You Know?


The opening scenes of the movie take place at a hotel called the Grand Hotel. Two years after making this film, Edmund Goulding directed the classic movie, Grand Hotel (1932). Both movies open with scenes of hotel switchboard operators, saying, "Grand Hotel! I'll connect you!" See more »


Alternate-language version of Les vacances du diable (1931) See more »


You Are a Song
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Edmund Goulding
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Yokel Meets Party Girl
11 August 2015 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Hallie Hobart (Nancy Carroll), veteran party girl, works the conventions in the Big City and makes money from the agents who sic her on to prospective buyers - in this case, for farm equipment. Into her clutches falls David Stone (Philips Holmes), fresh from a fall off a turnip truck, and Wowzers! David falls head-over-heels for her and wants to marry her. His family is loaded with money and advice, but David is hearing none of it. He marries her and brings her home to his horrified family.

What follows is hard to swallow. Suffice it to say there is much pathos, contrivance, animosity, strife and bitterness. There is also reconciliation but, as I say, this second half of the picture must be taken cum grano salis. The main reason to watch this soaper is to watch Nancy Carroll's best acting job. Prior to "The Devil's Holiday" she made several lightweight musical comedies, so her performance here is a jolt. In fact, she was nominated for an Oscar for this film but lost to Norma Shearer in "The Divorcée". 1930's audiences were probably prostrate with grief as the weepy plot unfolds, but 1930 is a long time ago.

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Release Date:

9 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diabelskie wakacje See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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