Holiday is a 1938 film directed by George Cukor, a remake of the 1930 film of the same name — a romantic comedy which tells the story of a man who has risen from humble beginnings only to be torn between his free-thinking lifestyle and the tradition of his wealthy fiancée's family. The movie was adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart and Sidney Buchman from the play by Philip Barry.
The movie starred Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres, and Edward Everett Horton (playing the same role he had played in the 1930 version). The character of Linda Seton played by Hepburn was loosely based on a socialite named Gertrude Sanford Legendre. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction by Stephen Goosson and Lionel Banks. Although Hepburn had been Hope Williams' understudy in the original play, she only had the chance to replace Williams for one performance. Screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart had also appeared in the original stage version as Nick Potter.
The truth is that I had never even heard of this 1938 romantic comedy before I purchased the five disc Cary Grant Collection box set several months back. Having said that I must tell you that "Holiday" turns out to be an absolute delight. Cary Grant plays the role of Johnny Case who has fallen in love with Julia Seton (Doris Nolan). Johnny is a self-made man and something of a free spirit while Julia is the spoiled daughter of a wealthy industrialist. The couple had only known each other … more