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Stolen Holiday (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 6 February 1937 (USA)
Nicole Picot is working as a model in a Paris dress salon when she is picked by Stefan Orloff to help him convince a wealthy investor that he is well connected. She is to wear an expensive ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screen play), Warren Duff (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Nicole Picot
Claude Rains ... Stefan Orloff
Ian Hunter ... Anthony Wayne
Alison Skipworth ... Suzanne
Alexander D'Arcy ... Anatole
Betty Lawford ... Helen Tuttle
Walter Kingsford ... Francis Chalon
Charles Halton ... Le Grande
Frank Reicher ... Rainer
Frank Conroy ... Dupont
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Deputy Bergery
Robert Strange ... Prefect of Police
Kathleen Howard ... Mme. Delphine
Wedgwood Nowell ... M. Borel (as Wedgewood Nowell)
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Storyline

Nicole Picot is working as a model in a Paris dress salon when she is picked by Stefan Orloff to help him convince a wealthy investor that he is well connected. She is to wear an expensive dress and dine with them because she has "class." The scheme works and both Stefan and Nicole become very wealthy over the course of a few years. Stefan is a "financier" while Nicole opens her own dress salon. But while Nicole's business is above board, Stefan's isn't, and eventually his web of deceit and fraud begins to unravel. Not always honest with her either, Stefan enlists Nicole's help one last time to avoid prison. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The movie is loosely based on the French bond scandal involving Serge Alexandre Stavisky. After the fraud was discovered he either committed suicide or was murdered by the French police. See more »

Goofs

When Stefan meets up with Nicole at the charity event, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible moving on the wall upper left in the frame. See more »

Quotes

Nicole Picot: Your compliments are like fish hooks, Monsieur. they are tipped with barbs.
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Connections

Version of Stavisky... (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played before the wedding ceremony
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A great guilty pleasure
31 December 2002 | by OrielSee all my reviews

Fans of Claude Rains and Kay Francis shouldn't miss this one. It has its weaknesses--the romantic lead (Ian Hunter) is simply not as interesting as the devilish Rains--but it's tremendous fun nonetheless. The opening sequences may be the strongest: independent model Kay Francis meets the dashing but underhanded Claude Rains under strange circumstances, and the two form an unlikely partnership. The scenes between these two are the highlight of the film.

In a great supporting role as Francis's best friend and Rains's severest critic, acid-tongued Alison Skipworth is hysterical. And I love the elegant and often eccentric fashions spotlighted by the movie in the fashion show sequences. For me, the interest only flags during the "stolen holiday" of the title--a forced romantic idyll between Francis and Hunter. When Rains starts scheming and Francis starts suffering, that's when the movie really cooks. You'll have your work cut out for you finding this movie, but it's worth seeking out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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