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Katharine Hepburn
Director: George Cukor Cast: Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
, Cary Grant
Cary Grant
, Doris Nolan
Doris Nolan
George Cukor


Katharine Hepburn
Director: George Cukor Cast: Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
, Cary Grant
Cary Grant
, Doris Nolan
Doris Nolan
George Cukor

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Both film versions of Phillip Barry's stage comedy Holiday have their merits, but the 1938 version has the added advantage of supercharged star power. Katharine Hepburn and Doris Nolan play Linda and Julia Seton, two daughters of a very well-to-do family. Linda feels a bit lost in the shuffle as sister Julia prepares to marry self-made financier Cary Grant. Hepburn has always rebelled against her privileged trappings, and finds a kindred spirit in the unorthodox, iconoclastic Grant. On the verge of compromising his down-to-earth values with his marriage to the wealth-obsessed Nolan, Grant chooses instead to plight his troth with soul-mate Hepburn, celebrating his "liberation" by doing several cartwheels. Donald Ogden Stewart is careful to bring the pre-Depression frivolities of the Barry play up-to-date, first by changing the character of Grant's best friend (played in both films by Edward Everett Horton) from a lazy socialite to a dedicated professor, and by including several lines indicating how out of touch the privileged classes are--and choose to remain--with 1930s realities. The only element in which the remake does not improve on the original is in the casting of Hepburn's alcoholic younger brother; charming though Lew Ayres is in the 1938 film, he is still outclassed by Monroe Owsley in Holiday (1930). Katharine Hepburn managed to temporarily defray her "box office poison" onus when Holiday proved to be a success; alas, her next film, Bringing Up Baby (which reteamed her with Grant), was a financial bust, compelling her to return to Broadway--where she made a spectacular comeback in another Philip Barry play, The Philadelphia Story.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/07/2020
UPC: 0715515239813
Original Release: 1938
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 1,122

Special Features

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Linda Seton
Cary Grant Johnny Case
Doris Nolan Julia Seton
Lew Ayres Ned Seton
Edward Everett Horton Nick Potter
Binnie Barnes Laura Cram
Henry Kolker Edward Seton
Jean Dixon Susan Potter
Henry Daniell Seton Cram
Harry Allen Actor
Marion Ballou Grandmother
Maurice Brierre Steward
Aileen Carlyle Farm Girl
Edward Cooper Scotchman
Luke Cosgrave Grandfather
Ruth Donnelly Actor
Neil Fitzgerald Edgar
Bess Flowers Dorothy's Party Guest
Mitchell Harris Jennings
George Hickman Telegraph Boy
Howard Hickman Man in Church
Matt McHugh Taxi Driver
Margaret McWade Farmer's Wife
George Pauncefort Edgar
Hilda Plowright Woman in Church
Charles Richman Thayer
Frank Shannon Farmer
Charles Trowbridge Banker
Lillian West Mrs. Thayer
Maude Hume Maid

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Lionel Banks Art Director
Sidney Buchman Screenwriter
Al Clark Editor
Sidney B. Cutner Score Composer
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Babs Johnstone Set Decoration/Design
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Otto Meyer Editor
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Everett J. Riskin Producer
Donald Ogden Stewart Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

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