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Holiday (1938)


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Both film versions of Phillip Barry's stage comedy Holiday have their merits, but the 1938 version has the added advantage of supercharged star power. Katharine Hepburn and Doris Nolan play Linda and Julia Seton, two daughters of a very well-to-do family. Linda feels a bit lost in the shuffle as sister Julia prepares to marry self-made financier Cary Grant. Hepburn has always rebelled against her privileged trappings, and finds a kindred spirit in the unorthodox, iconoclastic Grant. On the verge


Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy

Donald Ogden Stewart, Sidney Buchman

Dec 5, 2006

Sony Repertory

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (0) | DVD (7)

George Cukor brings out the best from all the players.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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One of Cukor's best films.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There are a thousand nonconformist comedies, but only one Holiday.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Before they made The Philadelphia Story, George Cukor, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn teamed up for this decidedly less flattering look at the life of the upper class.

February 28, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Character dramas are often at their best when exploring inside worlds and not running free outside.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in top form, George Cukor's serio comedy is the second and best version of the play.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Old fashioned Grant/Hepburn classic.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Cukor's direction here can best be described as savvy: Holiday develops in a witty, funny way, and its themes unfold as the movie progresses.

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

A romantic comedy with a serious undertone that could be called ahead-of-its-time.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

This is my favorite George Cukor movie, and a perennial New Year's Eve classic.

January 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Charming and melancholic, Holiday %u2026 breezing by in comparison to the more loquacious %u2026 banter-fest, The Philadelphia Story.

February 17, 2006 Full Review Source:

This is one of Grant's best performances and one of the best film's Cukor directed.

August 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Why is The Philadelphia Story so well known, while the equally unforgettable Holiday, from the same director, writers, and leads, suffers comparative neglect?

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Spellbinding without being a mystery, ravishing without being ornate, heartachy despite being a lovely comedy, and full of surprise gestures and unexpected flights of feeling.

December 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Cukor's elegant grasp of the original drama ensures a silkily smooth transition from stage to screen.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Hepburn seems more forced each year, but the film is good.

December 1, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Holiday

A self-made man is engaged to an upper class lady, but will the impending marriage cause him to betray his dreams?
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn have never been more delightful. Their performances, in that quick and lively manner of old cinema, flies off their tongues. The plot and "message" of the film is that one should always "follow one's dreams," and while that's not a new story, it will never be old.
Overall, this is a wonderful time at the movies, and Grant and Hepburn are in top form.
November 9, 2013
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Cary Grant plays an up and coming self-made man who falls in love with a girl who unbeknownst to him, is a debutante and member of one of the wealthiest families in the country. Combining romance, sparkling dialogue and social commentary, it comes as no surprise that Holiday was created by much of the same team who brought us Philadelphia Story two years later. With the same director, writer and the star power of Hepburn and Grant, there's much common ground between the two films but although it's not quite in the same league as the later film there's still much to admire about it. Hepburn has never been more vivacious as the rebellious would-be sister in law of a charming and carefree Grant who finds in her a kindred spirit which causes complications in this stuffy social environment. They are aided by a fine supporting cast including Lew Ayres who provides comic relief as her soused but perceptive brother and Binny Barnes and Henry Daniell as the awful socialites who represent the kind of people Grant is seemingly being strong armed into marry into. Breezy, charming and full of enjoyable dialogue and likeable characters, Holiday may not be as well known as some of the other comedies of manners of the golden age but is certainly worth looking up if it's a genre you enjoy.
June 17, 2011
xGary Xx

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I loved this movie, it's hilarious, a great cast, and an interesting if slightly predictable story. Still I love it, one of my favourite 30s movies.
September 19, 2010

Super Reviewer

I think this movie has stood the test of time mainly because of the amazing chemistry between Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. While they share very little time being intimate or expressing their love for each other in words, you can see it in their eyes. To add to that, the story really is quite original and it doesn't fall under the typical love story category. It goes against capitalism in many ways too, something I consider very brave at the time.
July 15, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Linda Seton: And if, when he comes back, he wants to sell peanuts, oh, how I'll believe in those peanuts!
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    1. Johnny Case: [upon seeing the mansion for the first time] Judas!
    2. Maid: I beg your pardon?
    3. Johnny Case: Er, I just said Judas. It didn't mean anything.
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
    1. Johnny Case: When I find myself in a position like this, I ask myself what would General Motors do? And then I do the opposite!
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