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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Donald Ogden Stewart, Sidney Buchman
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On DVD: Dec 5, 2006
Sony Repertory


as Linda Seton

as Johnny Case

as Julia Seton

as Ned Seton

as Edward Seton

as Laura Cram

as Susan Potter

as Seton Cram

as Scotchman

as Grandmother

as Man in Church

as Woman in Church

as Farmer's Wife

as Farmer

as Farm Girl

as Taxi Driver

as Mrs. Jennings

as Mrs. Thayer

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Critic Reviews for Holiday

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

George Cukor brings out the best from all the players.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

One of Cukor's best films.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There are a thousand nonconformist comedies, but only one Holiday.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Holiday


A romantic comedy ahead of its time, suggesting that happiness may be found in freedom, away from the pernicious wealth of high society - but a bit naive, reducing the complexity of its themes to matters of right and wrong while ending on an easy, predictable resolution.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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.

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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