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Holiday (1930)

Holiday is a 1930 American Pre-Code romantic comedy film which tells the story of a young man who is torn between his free-thinking lifestyle and the tradition of his wealthy fiancée's family.

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writers:

Philip Barry (from the play by), Horace Jackson (photoplay by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Linda Seton
Mary Astor ... Julia Seton
Robert Ames ... Johnny Case
Hallam Cooley ... Seton Cram
Creighton Hale ... Pete Hedges
Elizabeth Forrester Elizabeth Forrester ... Laura Cram
Edward Everett Horton ... Nick Potter
Hedda Hopper ... Susan Potter
William Holden William Holden ... Edward Seton
Mabel Forrest ... Mary Jessup
Monroe Owsley ... Ned Seton
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Storyline

After a whirlwind ten day courtship following their meeting while on respective vacations in Lake Placid, socialite Julia Seton and Johnny Case, a happy-go-lucky white collar working stiff with some business acumen, decide to get married immediately. It isn't until Julia needs to tell her Manhattan-based family - widowed father Edward Seton, brother Ned Seton and sister Linda Seton - of their engagement that Johnny learns of Julia's upper crust status. Edward is able to check out Johnny's background before giving his approval, he hoping Johnny is like his own father who was self-made. However, free-spirited Linda sees in Johnny the boost of joie de vivre the Seton family desperately needs. Despite being happy for Julia and her approval of Johnny as a prospective member of the family, Linda laments losing in Julia one of her comrades in arms in the battle against the conservative repression within the Seton family, led by their father, and their cousins Seton and Laura Cram. What ... Written by Huggo

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"HOLIDAY" is one talking picture no civilized person can afford to miss. (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 21 August 1930) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Made in the transition of fashion between 1929 and 1930. Look closely and you'll notice hemlines and waist lines on various women's costumes vary from the short skirted drop waist of the 20's to the high belted longer skirts of the 30's. See more »

Goofs

When Julia goes to the window to look for her father, she says, "Here's father," THEN moves the curtains aside and looks out the window. See more »

Quotes

Linda Seton: Do you realize life walked into this house today?
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Connections

Version of Holiday (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

That Naughty Waltz
Music by Sol P. Levy
Played on a cabinet-style music box as Linda and Johnny dance
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Exactly like the remake
11 March 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Having seen the 1938 remake years before I rented the 1930 original Holiday, the original seemed like the remake! It's so incredibly similar, and Ann Harding's performance is so similar to Katharine Hepburn's, it felt like Ann was giving a Katharine Hepburn impression! I actually tried closing my eyes during a few scenes, and it sounded like I was listening to the remake.

Robert Ames is the love interest in this version, and he starts the film engaged to high-class Mary Astor. Then, when he comes home with her to meet her family, he realizes he has more in common with her sister Ann Harding, since they're both free-thinkers. Edward Everett Horton joins the party as one of Ann's kooky friends, and he was so well-liked in the part, he played it again in the 1938 remake!

All in all, this type of story isn't my cup of tea, but I did like the original better. The remake was far more of a screwball comedy than the original, which relied solely on the dialogue. If you want to see Cary Grant do backflips and pratfalls, rent the remake. If you want to see Ann Harding pretend to be Katharine Hepburn, rent the original.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wakacje See more »

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Pathé Exchange See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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