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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.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay), Sidney Buchman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Linda Seton
Cary Grant ... Johnny Case
Doris Nolan ... Julia Seton
Lew Ayres ... Ned Seton
Edward Everett Horton ... Professor Nick Potter
Henry Kolker ... Edward Seton
Binnie Barnes ... Mrs. Laura Cram
Jean Dixon ... Mrs. Susan Elliott Potter
Henry Daniell ... Seton Cram
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen Harry Allen ... Scotchman (scenes deleted)
Frank Benson Frank Benson ... Scotchman (scenes deleted)
Aileen Carlyle Aileen Carlyle ... Farm Girl (scenes deleted)
Edward Cooper Edward Cooper ... Scotchman (scenes deleted)
Margaret McWade Margaret McWade ... Farmer's Wife (scenes deleted)
Frank Shannon ... Farmer (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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If you had a million... which sister would you pick to spend it with? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unconventional Linda See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia bought this script in a package deal from RKO in 1936 for $80,000 ($1.45M in 2018). This project was intended to reunite Cary Grant and Irene Dunn from The Awful Truth (1937), but director George Cukor chose Hepburn instead and she was borrowed from RKO where she was still under contract, and had just turned down the lead in Mother Carey's Chickens (1938). See more »

Goofs

As Johnny and Ned leave the playroom, a focused shadow of the mike boom crosses Ned's face (at 27:36 on the Columbia/SONY DVD). See more »

Quotes

Linda Seton: What's it like to get drunk, Ned?
Edward 'Ned' Seton: Well, I... how drunk?
Linda Seton: Good and drunk!
Edward 'Ned' Seton: Oh, it's wonderful. You see, you think clear as crystal. But every move, every situation is a problem. It gets pretty interesting.
Linda Seton: You get beaten in the end though, don't you?
Edward 'Ned' Seton: Sure, but that's okay.
Linda Seton: Where do you wind up?
Edward 'Ned' Seton: Where does anybody wind up? You die... that's okay, too.
Linda Seton: Oh, Ned! that's awful!
Edward 'Ned' Seton: Think so? Other things are worse.
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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(Uncredited)
Scottish traditional music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by the party guests on New Year's Eve
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A playful look at wealth and its obligations....
19 March 1999 | by MissRosaSee 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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