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Holiday (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 15 June 1938 (USA)
A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.

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Complete credited cast:
... Linda Seton
... Johnny Case
... Julia Seton
... Ned Seton
... Professor Nick Potter
... Edward Seton
... Mrs. Laura Cram
... Mrs. Susan Elliott Potter
... 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)
... Farmer (scenes deleted)
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Free-thinking Johnny Case finds himself betrothed to a millionaire's daughter. When her family, with the exception of black-sheep Linda and drunken Ned, want Johnny to settle down to big business, he rebels, wishing instead to spend the early years of his life on "holiday." With the help of his friends Nick and Susan Potter, he makes up his mind as to which is the better course, and the better mate. Written by Terri A. Mabry <tamabry@uci.edu>

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So daring -- so tender -- so human -- so true -- that everyone in love will want to see it! See more »

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15 June 1938 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Upset at the negative publicity that star Katharine Hepburn was receiving in advance of the film, studio boss Harry Cohn proposed to take out an ad in Variety asking "What is wrong with Katharine Hepburn?" Hepburn cautioned Cohn against the idea stating "Look out! They may tell you!" See more »

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At the start of the movie, Johnny goes to the Seton mansion and meets the family. Linda wants to plan the party announcing the engagement and tells him, "This Saturday is New Year's Eve." We know this scene takes place on a Sunday, because the family has just returned from church. That would make the date Christmas day. There are Christmas decorations on the walls and door of the church, and the church congregation sings the Christmas hymn "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," which is used exclusively during the Christmas season, often only as the closing hymn on Christmas Day. See more »

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Edward 'Ned' Seton: You're twice as attractive as Julia ever thought of being. You've got twice the looks, twice the mind and ten times the quality. You could charm a bird off a tree if you would, and why not? If you were in her way she'd ride you down like a rabbit.
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Referenced in Married with Children: Go for the Old (1993) See more »

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Bei mir bist du Schön
(Uncredited)
Music by Sholom Secunda
Lyrics by Jacob Jacobs
English lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin
Played on piano by Lew Ayres
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A playful look at wealth and its obligations....
19 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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