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Holiday (Sous-titres français)
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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant are at their best. Edward Everett Horton and Jean Dixon are the people I want to be my best friends. Lew Ayres, the drunk brother and his unexpected line: "Walk, don't run..." --- caused me to laugh with milk in my mouth and you guessed it, caused me to have the milk explode out my nose. Drinking milk has never been the same since this movie. A comedy for a gentler set. A romance movie for those who believe fate eventually points us towards those we should truly love --- if we have the sense to see them.
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).
Essentially, Holiday is about a bright young man (Cary Grant) who rose from poverty into a career in finances (while still maintaining a lighthearted and normal attitude towards the accumulation of money) - and his encounter with a very rich family and its two daughters. When he meets the eldest daughter at a resort, he begins dating her, having no idea of her immense wealth. He faces many difficulties from her family, who is obsessed with money and finances. Finally, he is accepted among them because of his promising future...but he knows that he does not want to devote himself to business alone. Along the way, he also meets the magical younger sister (Katherine Hepburn) who is the rebel among the family, a self-proclaimed black sheep. To say anymore would be to give too much away...
Anyhow, Holiday features great performances from both stars. Cary Grant is funny, charming, and believable as Johnny Case - perhaps especially so because his real story was so similar to that of his character (Grant also was a self-made man who reached Hollywood after escaping from his lower class home in England and joining the circus). Katherine Hepburn is energetic and spunky as Linda, and she and Grant are perfect together.
All in all - this movie is wonderful and very enchanting. Cary Grant even shows off his acrobatic training and does a few flips in it...what more could you ask for in a movie?
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I have always loved this little movie. It is so good to be able to get the golden oldies on DVD now and in there original Black and White.Published on Jan. 6 2013 by K.D
This is a fabulous movie with Grant and Hepburn at their wackesit best.
Two sisters one self absorbed and the other a non conformist both in love with Grant!
Very disappointed in the film - I thought that because of it's title that there would be a Christmas holiday theme to the movie, but the only connection between the storyline and... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2011
This is a marvelous film with two of Hollywood's greatest, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. It''s also a classic, Depression-era film in its focus on dysfunctional lives of the... Read morePublished on March 7 2009 by Michael W. Perry
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