Holiday (1938)

Holiday (1938)
Holiday (1938)
  • NR
  • 1h 36m
  • 1938
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Johnny Case (Cary Grant), a free-thinking financier, has finally found the girl of his dreams -- Julia Seton (Doris Nolan), the spoiled daughter of a socially prominent millionaire -- and she's agreed to marry him! But when Johnny plans a holiday for the two to enjoy life while they are still young, his fiancée has other plans - she wants Johnny to work in her father's bank! As he tries to decide whether to follow his head or his heart, Johnny can rely on at least one Seton in his corner. She's Linda Seton (Katherine Hepburn), the down-to-earth younger sister of his soon-to-be-wife, and she likes Johnny just the way he is.
© 1938 , renewed 1966 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Variety Staff

George Cukor brings out the best from all the players.

June 21, 2017
Josh Larsen

Before they made The Philadelphia Story, George Cukor, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn teamed up...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Old-fashioned Grant/Hepburn classic still charms.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Holiday is a classic 1938 Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn movie about a young man on the verge of marrying into a wealthy family who, much to the chagrin of nearly everyone in the family, wants to escape the workaday grind and see what life and the world has to offer. There's lots of cigarette smoking -- this is, after all, a movie from the '30s -- as well as cigar smoking. One of the characters is always drunk -- he stumbles around, slurs his speech, and cracks '30s-style quips that make intoxication and alcoholism seem almost fun. There are also some dated sexist attitudes -- Grant's character remarks on Hepburn's character's accomplishments as impressive "for a girl." While undoubtedly a classic movie, the "snappy" 1930s dialogue and the grown-up concerns of paying the bills versus experiencing life outside of working make this best for older teens and adults capable of understanding the context of the times and the larger themes presented.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:June 15, 1938
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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