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Edward Everett Horton as Linda's traditionalist father Mr Seaton and Doris Nolan as Linda's conventional sister Julia - initially Johnny's fiancee - provide the obstacles in the path of the the pair's voyage of self discovery. Brutally broken by the phony world he lives in but eager to aid Johnny and Linda's escape is Linda's dipsomaniac brother Ned (Lew Ayers), proving that theory that many a profound truth was spoken by a drunk. Rounding off a great ensemble cast are Johnny's friends Nick and Susan, who provide a Greek chorus for the battleground of idealism vs convention.
'Holiday' provides a cutting satire of the wealth culture that is as pertinent today as it was sixty years ago and the poignancy of Linda and Ned's oppression offset by her fiesty optimism provides more than enough emotional drive to power the film. Then of course there's the comedy: fast-cracking one-liners, great physical gags, a marvellous array of facial expressions and several acrobatic and musical feats provide something for all tastes, held together by an intelligent script. Hepburn as usual shines with enthusiam and sly wit, Grant is at his most animated, bemused and naive, and Lew Ayers puts in a wonderful performance.
How anyone can say that 'old' films are no longer appealing or relevant to a modern audience is baffling in the face of an offering like 'Holiday.' Upon first viewing it immediately became one of my top 3 films of all time.Read more ›
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. He and Julia will try to teach Johnny the error of his ways, while Linda offers her support.Read more ›