One of the more celebrated screen duos (in my mind at least) is the onscreen duo of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. There are the those films that stand out – namely The Philadelphia Story and Bringing Up Baby. But one of the lesser-known films, Holiday, is the one I would like to feature as this week’s contribution to Todd Mason’s ongoing blogging meme.
SYNPOSIS: Based on a stage play by Philip Barry, an unhappy heiress (Hepburn) falls in love with her stodgy sister’s freethinking fiance (Grant).
This is a ‘holiday’ film but not a holiday-themed film (if that makes any sense). Regardless, whenever I see this film, I cannot help but be taken into the film. It is not a totally zany, screwball like Baby but it strikes just the right balance (kudos to Mr. George Cukor, among many others). Besides, I would watch Cary Grant read the telephone directory …
Check out a clip from the movie:
Patti Abbott says
I remember seeing this when I was young and finding it puzzling. But can’t remember why. BUB and TPS are two of my very favorite movies though.
I think that it is a bit off the beaten path in so much as it is out an all out screwball comedy like the other ones are. I think of it as similar to a British Comedy of Manners (or at least an American approximation to it).
Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) says
Great choice as I adore this one for its romance and intimacy – would love to see the original 1930 version but I bet it creaks a bit loike so many early talkies.
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Thanks Sergio. Will visit your site soon to check out your pick this week!
Thanks for this Iba, I love this film! I think you’re right, it’s the perfect balance between comedy and commentary. This is one of my favorite moments in it… http://youtu.be/NcTo5vPm6Ng
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It is odd that it comes on so infrequently. At least where I am.