One of my all-time favorite films is the 1938 version of Holiday, the lesser-known of two movies adapted from Philip Barry plays that starred Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. The better-known film is The Philadelpha Story, which was filmed a couple of years later. I like Holiday better; it's less talky and artificial. The story—about a hard-working man who wants to quit big business after he earns enough money to support himself (and maybe a wife) so he can have a holiday and see what's going on in the world—isn't dated and in fact seems quite relevant today. The publicity shot above doesn't quite reflect the relationship Grant and Hepburn's characters share in the film: he's engaged to her sister, and she's the black sheep of her wealthy old family.

Holiday has been released on DVD in the U.S. for the first time on Tuesday as part of The Cary Grant Box Set from Sony. I hope it also will receive a single-disc release in this country soon. I've been waiting for years and years for an American DVD release for this movie, so you know exactly how I'm spending my entertainment-budget money this week. I am crossing my fingers for a decent DVD transfer. (Now, if only I could get the chance to see the 1930 adaptation of Holiday ... but since the only print is in the Library of Congress, I won't hold my breath.)
categories Features, Cinematical