This was Durbin’s biggest box office success up to that time and Universal’s biggest hit of the year, but it’s practically forgotten today. The film has an interesting pedigree. It’s based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham, with a screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane). The cinematographer was Woody Bredell (The Killers, The Inspector General). It had an Academy Award-nominated film score by Hans J. Salter (The Reckless Moment), and a new song, “Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year” by Frank Loesser.
|Deanna Durbin reads her fan mail. Durbin had the largest fan club in the world.|
|This publicity still for Christmas Holiday belies the dark subject matter.|
In spite of the critics “bothered” that wholesome Durbin was playing a woman of questionable character, audiences ate it up. It was a huge commercial success. Based on the film’s bx office, Durbin was signed to a new exclusive six-year contract.
Watch to the movie on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sBVWLwwkt3I
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|Durbin and Kelly share a light moment on the set of Christmas Holiday.|
1. Noir or not? Does it fit in with your idea of film noir?
2. What did you think of the performances?
3. The film had some famous character actors, including Gladys George and Gale Sondergaard. What did you think of their performances?
4. What did you make of the mother-son relationship?
5. In Hitchcock films, there is something called the “transference of guilt.” This often involves a transference of guilt in which the “innocent” character’s failings are transferred to another character, and magnified. Do you think this transference of guilt was a big part of Christmas Holiday?
|Deanna Durbin has her hand and footprints immortalized at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 1936|