Review: ‘Holiday’

Philip Barry's play, Holiday, in film form was a smash hit in the Depression's depth in 1930. Futility of riches is the topic and Donald Ogden Stewart and Sidney Buchman, who wrote this version, have tossed in a few timely shots which bolster the Barry original. Changes and interpolations are few, however.

Philip Barry’s play, Holiday, in film form was a smash hit in the Depression’s depth in 1930. Futility of riches is the topic and Donald Ogden Stewart and Sidney Buchman, who wrote this version, have tossed in a few timely shots which bolster the Barry original. Changes and interpolations are few, however.

Katharine Hepburn is in her best form and type of role in Holiday. Her acting is delightful and shaded with fine feeling and understanding throughout. Cary Grant plays this one straight.

George Cukor brings out the best from all the players. Lew Ayres is the despondent younger brother in the wealthy family who seeks some relief from the monotony of riches by resorting to strong liquor. Comedy by Edward Everett Horton and Jean Dixon is good, and Henry Kolker’s portrait of the father is splendid.

1938: Nomination: Best Art Direction

Holiday

Production

Columbia. Dir George Cukor; Producer Everett Riskin; Screenplay Donald Ogden Stewart, Sidney Buchman; Camera Franz Planer; Editor Otto Meyer, Al Clark; Music Morris Stoloff (dir.) Art Dir Stephen Goosson, Lionel Banks

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Katharine Hepburn Cary Grant Doris Nolan Lew Ayres Edward Everett Horton Henry Kolker

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