"...again turns in a smooth performance of the type that has made him one of Hollywood's most-sought-after leading men."
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Holiday - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):
"When Philip Barry's Holiday was produced on Broadway in 1928, Hope Williams took the comedy's outstanding role, that of Linda Seton. Her understudy was an unknown, inexperienced actress named Katharine Hepburn. For two years Miss Hepburn marked time offstage, waiting for her chance. It never came. In 1930 the play was filmed. This time Ann Harding was Linda. Now Columbia's refilming of Holiday gives Katharine Hepburn her first chance at the coveted role that seems made to order for her.
The first screen Holiday was an almost literal transcription of the play. The modern version, brilliantly adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart and Sidney Buchman, is equally faithful, forwarding its slight story almost entirely by conversation. But it is superb conversation - part of it Barry's own, the rest brought up to date with significant and satiric topical allusions.
Directed by George Cukor, the story resolves the triangle with an intelligence and penetrating humor that gives an excellent cast a field day. Henry Kolker, Lew Ayres, Jean Dixon, and Edward Everett Horton are outstanding in lesser roles; Cary Grant again turns in a smooth performance of the type that has made him one of Hollywood's most-sought-after leading men.
It is more to the point that Katharine Hepburn gives one of the most successful characterizations of her screen career. Several weeks ago the Independent Theatre Owners Association attacked a batch of high salaried stars which it considered on the skids to oblivion. Miss Hepburn was one of them. At the time, Jack Cohn, vice-president of Columbia, rallied to her defense. Now he is turning the association's attack to his own ends. The advertising campaign for Holiday will sound one note across the country - "Is it true what they say about Hepburn?" Judging from the film, the producer knew the answer in advance.
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Number 31 - Holiday (Lobby Card Style)
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