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Holiday [VHS] (1938)

Katharine Hepburn , Cary Grant , George Cukor  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres, Edward Everett Horton
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Writers: Donald Ogden Stewart, Philip Barry, Sidney Buchman
  • Producers: Everett Riskin
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: June 23, 1994
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630290899X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,868 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This absolutely charming, wholly engaging romantic comedy is the hidden gem of the four collaborations of Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Most everyone's seen The Philadelphia Story, but few know of this unorthodox, hilarious comedy of life among the rich and privileged, though both were Broadway hits by playwright Philip Barry. Grant plays the happy-go-lucky Johnny Case, a self-made man with a dream in his heart of making just enough money to retire on and then traveling around the world. Johnny proposes to the lovely Julia (Doris Nolan) in Lake Placid, but it isn't until he comes to pay her a visit in New York that he discovers she's the daughter of a wealthy industrialist. Although his nonconformity ruffles the feathers of Julia's stuffy father, he's soon won over the whole family--most notably, Julia's rebellious sister Linda (Hepburn), who in becoming Johnny's greatest advocate finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. There's more going on here than a spiffy, surface romance, with Johnny's free-spirit determination going up against rock-hard establishment values, and director George Cukor plays up the social politics of the story just as well as the wonderful, exquisite romance. Hepburn and Grant, as always, are perfectly paired, and given able support by Lew Ayres as the black sheep of Hepburn's family, and Edward Everett Horton and Jean Dixon as Grant's longtime pals. Filmed previously in 1930; Hepburn understudied the role of Linda on Broadway and used a scene from the play in her first screen test. --Mark Englehart

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119 of 120 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
There was a big controversy earlier this year with "The Cary Grant Box Set" which is a great collection in its own right. Many people were upset that it included the first release of "Holiday" which was new to DVD (unlike the other films in the collection), but no stand alone disc was being offered. Well, good news. If all you wanted was "Holiday" and you held out, here it comes ten months later.

Now, I've always had a soft spot for "Holiday." It hasn't achieved quite the classic status as a couple of other Hepburn and Grant pairings--"The Philadelphia Story" and "Bringing Up Baby"--but I actually think that works to its advantage. I might get into trouble for this, but I somewhat prefer this to the more antic "Bringing Up Baby" (Don't shoot me, I know it's a great film too).

Cary Grant plays a carefree soul that becomes engaged to a millionaire's spoiled, socialite daughter. He is expected to take life more seriously and responsibly--but that's not necessarily in his master plan. Grant, as always, is charming--the quips and physicality that were his trademark are used to good effect here. Katherine Hepburn, as the girl's sister, is obviously a better match for him! Hepburn uses her rapid fire delivery and plays smart and wry better than anyone else in her era. Of course, Grant and Hepburn have great chemistry and it's a joy to see these two masters banter. There's plenty of slapstick, but part of "Holiday"'s charm is that it balances this with real romance. It's funny and sweet.

Any fan of Grant, Hepburn, director George Cukor, classics and/or screwball comedy needs to check this film out. It'll make you smile. KGHarris, 10/06.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie December 12, 1998
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Format:VHS Tape
Holiday is the antithesis of Bringing Up Baby. Both movies have Grant and Hepburn. Both are comedies. Both are artistic works of geniuses. Holiday was made less than a year after Bringing Up Baby. Yet, they are as different as day and night, with Holiday being night. Bringing Up Baby is a bright romp, cheerful and energetic. Holiday is pleasant; the comedy results from witty dialogue rather than screwball physical comedy; the subtle acting is brilliant. It seems to be a darker comedy about human nature. The characters seem to have matured, from the flighty Susan Vance and the confused David Huxley, to a mature Linda Seton and a confident Johnny Case. The plot, too, is subtle, human, and down-to-earth. To summarize it is to be unfaithful to the movie. Holiday is my favorite movie. Not only that. Holiday is a story told to me by two dear friends.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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Katharine Hepburn made three films in a row with Cary Grant when she brought her career back after being branded "Box Office Poison." The pair had first made "Sylvia Scarlett" together in 1936, the infamous film where Hepburn's character pretended to be a boy. In 1938 they made the classic screwball comedy "Bringing Up Baby" with director Howard Hawks and in 1940 Hepburn returned to stardom and Jimmy Stewart won an Oscar for "The Philadelphia Story." The latter had been a play specifically written for Hepburn by Philip Barry. In between these two classic films, #97 and #51 respectively on AFI's Top 100 Film of all-time, Hepburn and Grant did "Holiday," another film based on a Barry play. Hepburn had been the understudy for Hope Williams in the original 1928 Broadway production and it was the way she picked up a glass in her screen test of a scene from the play that inspired director George Cukor to cast the young actress in her debut film "A Bill of Divorcement." Now, five years later, he would direct her in the second movie version.
The story begins with us meeting Johnny Case (Grant), an engaging young man with some interesting ideas about life. At Lake Placid he met Julia Seton (Doris Nolan), fell in love, and proposed to her. Coming to New York City to meet her family, he arrives at a mansion and is shocked to learn that his beloved is one of THE Setons. Julia's father (Henry Kolker) is not sure what to think of his daughter's intended, but Julia's rather unconventional sister, Linda (Hepburn) thinks Johnny is wonderful. The problem is that Johnny's big plan is to make his fortune when he is young and then retire (i.e., go on a "holiday"), returning to work again when he gets older, which is heresy to old man Seton.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably Hepburn's best romantic comedy... January 23, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Not as zany as Bringing Up Baby, or as ultimately offensive as The Philadelphia Story (which started the disappointing trend of humilitaing Hepburn's independence, eccentricity and intelligence by her usually uninteresting, conservative and 'down-to-earth' 'a woman must be a woman' leading men). Holiday allows Hepburn to be herself and celebrates her independence instead of making it a laughing matter. Her leading man, (Hepburn's finest co-star, Cary Grant), falls in love with her for herself, she is not 'reformed' or pulled down to earth as she inevitably was in her Spencer Tracy movies, where one was always made to feel that she was funny, but ultimately not a woman until tracy put her in her place, at his feet.

Lew Ayres, Henry Daniell and Edward Everett Horton give fine supporting performances. This movie really is a must-see. Hepburn and Grant have an infectious, sometimes unabashedly sexual, chemistry. Its Hepburn playing herself (or the image one has come to identify with her). She is also less eager to irritate and steal scenes. She lets the script do its job. She also never looked better (except in Woman of the Year, and The Lion in Winter).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 14 days ago by LaVerne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic film
Great classic movie!! Two of my favorite stars of yesteryear - as good as ever. Hepburn as dynamic as ever, and Grant as suave as ever. What a great pairing! Read more
Published 26 days ago by DaveW
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss this Movie
A gem of a movie with a very young Cary Grant. Great supporting cast.
Published 1 month ago by Okoboji Swimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stressful Classic
Awesome movie! Stressed me out though, right up until the end.
Published 1 month ago by TierzaTheCat
5.0 out of 5 stars my all time favorite movie
This is my all time favorite Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn movie, less well known, but I think better than The Philadelphia Story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lillirose51
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good movie. Good acting
Published 2 months ago by norma j lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it!
Published 2 months ago by Jimmy A. Yohe
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday
My husband and I love old classic movies. We also like most anything that Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are in. We enjoyed this movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. E. Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars or "Wall Street Financier Chucks Success for a Vacation"
This is a charming Grant/Hepburn collaboration that should satisfy any fan of either actor. Well matched in talent, the two had a unique screen chemistry advantageously showcased... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. MCDONOUGH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great addition to my collection. Perfect condition.
Published 2 months ago by Violet Oz
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Nope. It's a decent though unspectacular Black and White print.
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