Christmas Holiday (1944)

Christmas Holiday




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Christmas Holiday directed by Robert Siodmak is the story of a young woman Jackie (Deanna Durbin) who marries an unstable Southern aristocrat Robert Monette (Gene Kelly) . When Robert commits a murder, Jackie is compelled to try and cover it up by his equally unstable mother (Gale Sondergaard). Despite the cover-up, Robert is arrested and Jackie goes to New Orleans and becomes a singer, changing her name to hide her identity. Robert escapes and Jackie must fight for he life as she is held … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , , , ,
Written By: W. Somerset Maugham, Herman J. Mankiewicz
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as Jackie Lamont / Abig...

as Robert Manette

as Lt. Charles Mason

as Simon Fenimore

as Valerie de Merode

as Mrs. Manette

as Gerald Tyler
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Critic Reviews for Christmas Holiday

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 30, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Stylishly directed by Robert Siodmak, this film noir is uncharacteristic fare for both Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly.

Full Review… | August 26, 2012

Dark elation, double lives, a variety of musical cathedrals

Full Review… | November 16, 2009

A sharp departure into salacious territory for sugar-and-spice star Deanna Durbin

Full Review… | July 13, 2008

Audience Reviews for Christmas Holiday

most depressing christmas movie ever tho it's kinda fun watching gene kelly play a killer

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Deanna tries something different and does very well by it. This tough little noir was a film that she had insisted on doing to try and break away from the Mary Sunshine roles that were her stock in trade. It's lack of success at the box office kept Universal from letting her tackle different roles for the rest of her career and contributed to her retirement a few years after this, although she hated the movie business so even if it had been a smash she probably would have still called it quits. Her performance is strong as the "dance hall hostess/singer" who the film manages in roundabout ways to make clear is a prostitute. One of the film's strengths is while of course they find a way to have Deanna sing her songbird is not singled out as special. Sure she sings much better than most roadside canaries but the patrons hardly break from what they're doing while she performs and her style is subdued almost beaten down, especially during Spring Will be a Little Late This Year. Her version of Always is achingly beautiful though full of hopelessness and despair. The picture is also fortunate to have two outstanding character actresses among the cast, Gale Sondergaard reserved and conflicted as the no account Kelly's mother and the great and underappreciated Gladys George in her typical role of the been around goodhearted but tough owner of the joint where Deanna has landed. Where the film is weakest is in the male cast members. Richard Whorf is good as the huckster for the road house who pulls Dean Harens into Deanna's sphere where he learns her sad tale but Harens while not bad doesn't really make much of an impression on screen. He is just a catalyst for the actual story to kick in so his blandness doesn't hurt the picture. That only leaves Gene Kelly who again while not bad is the wrong actor for the part. His glib facileness suits the lout he's playing but there is no underlying menace to his personality that would have punched the innate danger of the character across, John Garfield would have been ideal and taken the film from being good, which it is, to extraordinary which it just misses. Still well worth seeking out.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Durbin and Kelly team up well in this satiric movie, as with Rodgers as a co-star in previous and later films - Kelly stands out well as a corrigible old fellow, but don't underestimate this movie, one of his best......

Tom Hakes

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