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The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 19 February 1943 (USA)
A missionary tries to outwit the U.S. government and smuggle Chinese orphans into the country.


Bruce Manning, Jean Renoir (uncredited)


Frank Ryan (screen play), Hans Jacoby (screen play) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Deanna Durbin ... Ruth Kirke Holliday
Edmond O'Brien ... Tom Holliday
Barry Fitzgerald ... Timothy Blake
Arthur Treacher ... Henderson
Harry Davenport ... Commodore Thomas Spencer Holliday
Grant Mitchell ... Edgar Holliday
Frieda Inescort ... Karen Holliday
Elisabeth Risdon ... Louise Holliday
Jonathan Hale ... Ferguson
Esther Dale ... Lucy
Gus Schilling ... Jeff Adams
John F. Hamilton John F. Hamilton ... Dr. Kirke (as J. Frank Hamilton)
Christopher Severn Christopher Severn ... Orphan
Yvonne Severn Yvonne Severn ... Orphan
Vido Rich Vido Rich ... Orphan


Ruth Kirke (Deanna Durbin), an American school teacher at a missionary in China, is smuggling nine recently-orphaned Chinese children back to the United States. En route, the ship on which they are traveling is torpedoed and, after being rescued , the only way the children can get into America , is by lying that her husband, who has promised to adopt the children, is the missing owner of the torpedoed ship. Multile complications arise. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The movie's working title was "Forever Yours." See more »


Referenced in 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »


Rock-a-bye Baby
Music by Effie I. Canning
Chinese Translation by Rosalyda Chang
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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Not much here. A pleasant enough time waster
6 March 2003 | by MikeF-6See all my reviews

Several sources report that Jean Renoir, who shot some scenes and was then replaced as director, began this film. If he had completed it, it would have come between Swamp Water and This Land Is Mine. All my efforts to find out more about Renoir's contribution have been fruitless. I even tracked down Renoir's autobiography only to find that he doesn't mention it - not even in passing. Anyhow, Deanna Durbin is the daughter of a China missionary who rescues 8 orphan children (7 of them white) and brings them to the U.S. where they are about to be taken by the '40s version of Child Protective Services. So, she pretends to be the new, young bride of a shipping magnet who she believes was killed in a ship bombing. Romantic comedy complications ensue. I would recommend it mainly for Durbin fans, but also for those who would like to speculate on what it would have been if Jean Renoir has seen it through to completion.

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Release Date:

19 February 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forever Yours See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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