Two years before stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant and director George Cukor would collaborate on The Philadelphia Story
, they brought their timeless talents to this delectable slice of 1930s romantic-comedy perfection, the second film adaptation of a hit 1928 play by Philip Barry. Grant is at his charismatic best as the acrobatically inclined free spirit who, following a whirlwind engagement, literally tumbles into the lives of his fiancÃ©eâs aristocratic familyâsetting up a clash of values with her staid father while firing the rebellious imagination of her brash, black-sheep sister (Hepburn). With a sparkling surface and an undercurrent of melancholy, Holiday
is an enchanting ode to nonconformists and pie-in-the-sky dreamers everywhere, as well as a thoughtful reflection on what it truly means to live well.
- Holiday (1930), a previous adaptation of Philip Barryâs play, directed by Edward H. Griffith
- New conversation between filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and film critic Michael Sragow
- Audio excerpts from an American Film Institute oral history with director George Cukor, recorded in 1970 and â71
- Costume gallery
- An essay by critic Dana Stevens