Every day's a holiday... when you're in love.
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: January 7, 2020
- Originally Released: 1938
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New 4k digital restoration
- Holiday (1930), a previous adaptation of Philip Barry's play, Directed by Edward H. Griffith
- New conversation between filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and film critic Michael Sragow
- Audio excerpts from an American Film Institute oral history with Director George Cukor, recorded in 1970 and '71
- Costume Gallery
- Plus: An essay by critic Dana Stevens
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Dolby Digital EX 6.1
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant|
|Performer:||Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres, Edward Everett Horton, Henry Kolker, Binnie Barnes, Jean Dixon, Henry Daniell & Charles Trowbridge|
|Directed by||George Cukor|
|Edited by||Otto Meyer & Al Clark|
|Screenwriting by||Donald Ogden Stewart & Sidney Buchman|
|Composition by||Sidney Cutner|
|Art Direction by||Stephen Goosson & Lionel Banks|
|Produced by||Everett Riskin|
|Director of Photography:||Franz Planer|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"What's the use of having all this jack around if it can't get us a superior kind of man'"
- Linda Seton (Katharine Hepburn)
"When I find myself in a position like this, I ask myself what would General Motors do' And then I do the opposite!"
- Johnny Case (Cary Grant)
Rating: 5/5 -- Old fashioned Grant/Hepburn classic. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Rating: 4/4 -- A romantic comedy with a serious undertone that could be called ahead-of-its-time. Full Review
Big Picture Big Sound
One of Cukor's best films. Full Review
Rating: A- -- 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
[A] masterpiece of comic poignance, pairing Grant with Katharine Hepburn...
Rating: 3/4 -- 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
Rating: 4/4 -- This is my favorite George Cukor movie, and a perennial New Year's Eve classic. Full Review
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant team up in this classic George Cukor comedy about love that finally finds its mark. Johnny (Grant) has just met the girl of his dreams, so he proposes; she happily accepts. However, he soon discovers that his lovely bride-to-be, Julia (Doris Nolan), comes from a wealthy Park Avenue family, with a father who likes to make all the decisions and to whom she seems incapable of defying. Her unconventional sister, Linda (Hepburn), knows she wants something different from a mapped-out life; she also discovers she's falling in love with Johnny. Grant's effervescent performance is timeless, and his onscreen chemistry with Hepburn electric. Based on the 1928 play by Philip Barry, and the second time the story was adapted to the screen, this version established the rules for intelligent romantic comedies and provided a template from which the deft Cukor could further expand.
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant join forces in this well-loved Cukor comedy about the wrong marriage halted and the right one joyously celebrated--after many misunderstandings--par for the course in a romantic comedy. The 1930s-era HOLIDAY, however, is one of the original films of this genre.
- This was not the first time Philip Barry's 1928 play was adapted for screen; only 8 years earlier, Edward H. Griffith directed a version, starring Ann Harding, Robert Ames, Edward Everett Horton, and Mary Astor.
- According to the American Film Institute catalogue, Katharine Hepburn was instrumental in getting Cukor to direct this remake. She had understudied the role of Linda on Broadway and apparently had hoped to star in the original film, but was passed over.
- HOLIDAY was an important film for Hepburn, coming after the financial disappointment of SYLVIA SCARLETT and the accusation from the Theatre Owners of America that she was "box office poison."
- The film garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Interior Decoration.
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