Christmas Holiday

The story is Somerset Maugham's tale of a boy who grew up emotionally during a holiday in France (with the locale changed to New Orleans) and the plot switched around. A young army lieutenant, disappointed in love, finds himself stranded in the southern city, and meets up with another heartsick kid in a sad-faced singer at a cheap nightclub. From then on the story is told in flashbacks, as the singer (Deanna Durbin) tells the lieutenant of her brief happy marriage to a young ne'er-do-well, her husband's arrest for murder, and his imprisonment for life.

With:
Deanna Durbin Gene Kelly Dean Harens Gale Sondergaard Richard Whorf

The story is Somerset Maugham’s tale of a boy who grew up emotionally during a holiday in France (with the locale changed to New Orleans) and the plot switched around. A young army lieutenant, disappointed in love, finds himself stranded in the southern city, and meets up with another heartsick kid in a sad-faced singer at a cheap nightclub. From then on the story is told in flashbacks, as the singer (Deanna Durbin) tells the lieutenant of her brief happy marriage to a young ne’er-do-well, her husband’s arrest for murder, and his imprisonment for life.

As the nitery thrush, Durbin has two incidental songs. ‘Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year’ (Frank Loesser) and the Irving Berlin oldie, ‘Always’. But otherwise the dramatic role is unrelieved except by a few glimpses of a happy, smiling past.

Christmas Holiday

Production: Universal. Director Robert Siodmak; Producer Frank Shaw; Screenplay Herman J. Mankiewicz; Camera Woody Bredell; Editor Ted Kent; Music Hans J. Salter;; Art Director John B. Goodman, Robert Clatworthy

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1944. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: Deanna Durbin Gene Kelly Dean Harens Gale Sondergaard Richard Whorf

More Film

  • Get Hard

    Writer Claims 'Get Hard' Ripped Off His 'Prison 101' Idea

    The story is Somerset Maugham’s tale of a boy who grew up emotionally during a holiday in France (with the locale changed to New Orleans) and the plot switched around. A young army lieutenant, disappointed in love, finds himself stranded in the southern city, and meets up with another heartsick kid in a sad-faced singer […]

  • Charles Rivkin

    CineAsia: Charles Rivkin Looks to Asia as Locomotive for Theatrical Cinema

    The story is Somerset Maugham’s tale of a boy who grew up emotionally during a holiday in France (with the locale changed to New Orleans) and the plot switched around. A young army lieutenant, disappointed in love, finds himself stranded in the southern city, and meets up with another heartsick kid in a sad-faced singer […]

  • Tax Plan Strikes Fear Among Below

    Hollywood's Below-the-Line Workers Anxious About New Tax Plans

    The story is Somerset Maugham’s tale of a boy who grew up emotionally during a holiday in France (with the locale changed to New Orleans) and the plot switched around. A young army lieutenant, disappointed in love, finds himself stranded in the southern city, and meets up with another heartsick kid in a sad-faced singer […]

  • Detective Pikachu

    Film News Roundup: Live-Action 'Detective Pikachu' Gets 2019 Release

    The story is Somerset Maugham’s tale of a boy who grew up emotionally during a holiday in France (with the locale changed to New Orleans) and the plot switched around. A young army lieutenant, disappointed in love, finds himself stranded in the southern city, and meets up with another heartsick kid in a sad-faced singer […]

  • Movie Chain AMC Exploring Investment in

    Movie Chain AMC Exploring Investment in Saudi Arabia

    The story is Somerset Maugham’s tale of a boy who grew up emotionally during a holiday in France (with the locale changed to New Orleans) and the plot switched around. A young army lieutenant, disappointed in love, finds himself stranded in the southern city, and meets up with another heartsick kid in a sad-faced singer […]

  • SPENCER LOCKE as Melissa Rainier in

    CineAsia: Sony Applies Haptic Technology to 'Insidious: The Last Key' (EXCLUSIVE)

    The story is Somerset Maugham’s tale of a boy who grew up emotionally during a holiday in France (with the locale changed to New Orleans) and the plot switched around. A young army lieutenant, disappointed in love, finds himself stranded in the southern city, and meets up with another heartsick kid in a sad-faced singer […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to Dominant Social Media Buzz

    The story is Somerset Maugham’s tale of a boy who grew up emotionally during a holiday in France (with the locale changed to New Orleans) and the plot switched around. A young army lieutenant, disappointed in love, finds himself stranded in the southern city, and meets up with another heartsick kid in a sad-faced singer […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content