Christmas Holiday (1944)
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Critic Reviews for Christmas Holiday
Stylishly directed by Robert Siodmak, this film noir is uncharacteristic fare for both Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly.
A sharp departure into salacious territory for sugar-and-spice star Deanna Durbin
Audience Reviews for Christmas Holiday
Interesting casting, solid performances that almost elevate the thin script. Departures for both Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly, I wish Durbin had gotten more roles like this (or at least had been cast in some of Kelly's later musicals). Has a sort of strange framing device, it kind of messes with the pacing. Christmas Holiday is also surprising in that it was directed by Herman Mankiewicz, known probably most famously as the writer of Citizen Kane. This appears to have been his one chance at directing. I doubt he would have ever had the level of success as his brother, but it would have been interesting to see what he could have come up with in the future as a writer/director.
This film really is not that interesting but it was my introduction to Deanna Durbin and my first time seeing Gene Kelly playing an actual villain. If you're looking for Christmas cheer it is not here but Siodmak did succeed in directing another dark noir. I cannot wait to watch some lighter Deanna Durbin fare for the first time in the near future.
most depressing christmas movie ever tho it's kinda fun watching gene kelly play a killer
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