Time: 94 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction.
There's no screen couple I'd rather watch than Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. They acted together in three of the best romantic comedies ever made HOLIDAY being one of the them. They are both creatures of light, attractive but not gorgeous, always playing quirky yet loveable characters. The movies were made better because of their willingness to pull out all the stops in their performances, to be as open and silly as the role called for. HOLIDAY is certainly not one of their more antic films, but it is the sweetest. In the days of the studio system actors had their character to play. Grant was always the charming, up-and-comer and Hepburn the heiress who yearned for personal freedom, who didn't quite fit into her live of privilege. HOLIDAY is no exception to the rule. What this film allows us to explore is more of the heart and souls of these characters instead of laughing at their outrageous behavior. This is more romance than comedy, though it has some funny moments due to the great supporting cast.
Johnnie (Grant) meets Linda (Hepburn) through her sister Julia (Doris Nolan), the woman he met on holiday and wants to marry. Johnnie is a self-made man, having worked all his life, put himself through Harvard to become a successful businessman. He doesn't have much, but he's not afraid of hard work. He's done it all his life and his dream is to make enough cash to live and then quit to find himself, see what he really wants out of life, find his true place in the world. Linda thinks it's a wonderful idea, having been trapped in a gilded cage all her life. She's happy for her sister, but she can't help wondering if she's found the right man. After convincing their father that Johnnie is the only man for her, the engagement is set to be announced. However, during the party Johnnie announces his plans for the future and neither Julia nor her father are amused. Julia likes her life of privilege and doesn't understand Johnnie's dream.