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Christmas Holiday Details


Don't be fooled by the title. Christmas Holiday is a far, far cry from . Told in flashback, the story begins as Jackie (Deanna Durbin), marries Southern aristocrat Robert Monette (Gene Kelly). Unfortunately, Robert has inherited his family's streak of violence and instability and soon drags Jackie into a life of misery. When her husband commits murder, Jackie is compelled by Robert's equally degenerate mother (Gale Sondergaard) to cover up the crime. When Robert is arrested, Jackie, tormented by the love she still holds for her husband, runs away from the family home, changing her name and securing work as a singer in a New Orleans dive. Robert escapes from prison and makes his way to Jackie's dressing room. Holding a reporter hostage, he threatens to kill both Jackie and the waylaid sailor who has been listening to her story. An astonishing change of pace from Deanna Durbin's usual lightweight musical fare, Christmas Holiday (based, believe it or not, on a story by W. Somerset Maugham) is one of the bleakest film noirs of the 1940s. Durbin is merely adequate in her role, but Gene Kelly gives a disturbingly convincing portrayal as a man virtually devoured by his inner demons. Robert Siodmak directs with his usual flair, using a taut, suspenseful screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 7, 1944


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hans Salter Best Score - Drama or Comedy 1944 Nominee


Deanna Durbin
as Jackie Lamont
Gene Kelly
as Robert Monette
Dean Harens
as Charles Mason
Gale Sondergaard
as Mrs. Manette
Richard Whorf
as Simon Fenimore
Gladys George
as Valerie de Merode
David Bruce
as Wayne Morgan


Robert Siodmak
Felix Jackson
Herman Mankiewicz
Elwood Bredell
Hans Salter
Composer (Music Score)
Ted Kent
Robert Clatworthy
Art Director