Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Holiday(1938). Directed by George Cukor, a remake of the 1930 film of the same name. Romantic/comedy. The movie was adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart and Sidney Buchman from the play by Philip Barry. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres, and Edward Everett Horton, who played the same role he had played in the 1930 version. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction by Stephen Goosson and Lionel Banks.

This is a very charming, hilarious, comedy where Grant plays Johnny Case, a self-made man who is already tired of the rat race at the age of 30. Wanting to make enough money to retire on to travel around the world in search of adventure.

Johnny proposes to his girl friend Julia in Lake Placid, but it isn't until he visits her and her family in New York, that he learns she's the daughter of a wealthy banker. He soon wins over the whole family hearts especially, Julia's sister Linda, who finds herself irresistibly drawn to him.

Can Johnny live the life laid out for him or will he have the courage to break free of society and follow his heart? There's more going on here than a fluffy romance. If you love witty and intelligent romantic comedy, then this film is for you.

Fun Facts:

The character of Linda Seton played by Hepburn was loosely based on a socialite named Gertrude Sanford Legendre.

Although the film was originally intended to reunite The Awful Truth co-stars Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, George Cukor decided to cast Hepburn instead.

Doris Nolan, performed in films in the late 30s after earning a contract from Fox. Best known as Katharine Hepburn's, high-society sister in the comedy classic, Holiday (1938). She was gone within the decade and returned to theatre.


  1. i'm really impressed, your blog is wonderful

    i like it so much, you have the necessary info and all these wonderful photos

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  2. It was with "Holiday" that I fell for Cary Grant. The movie was shown on TV when I was a little girl, and it was one of my favorites - as was he. It was also with "Holiday" that I became aware of Lew Ayres, who had a very nice supporting role in the film as Hepburn and Nolan's brother. I've seen the movie in recent years and it holds up nicely.
    I didn't know Irene Dunne was considered for the Hepburn role. Dunne is my favorite of Grant's early co-stars ("The Awful Truth," "Penny Serenade," "My Favorite Wife"). Hepburn seemed perfect as Linda Seton, but I'd be interested in how Irene Dunne might've played the part, too.

  3. Silena, Thank you for your very kind words and spending time with us here at N and CF. I also want to wish you a Happy New Year!

    You are right.. I did enjoy the video. Thank you for sharing.

    Lady Eve, I did not have the opportunity to see the film "Holiday" until just over the past couple of years. I wonder what I would have thought of the film, if I had watched it as a child.

    I really felt sorry for Lew Ayres character, in the film. I wish that they would have done more with his role. Dunne, is also my favorite of Grant's early co-stars. I think she would have also been perfect in Hepburn's role.


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