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Christmas Holiday

Christmas Holiday

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Due to inclement weather, Lt. Charles Mason is forced to spend Christmas in New Orleans. Recently dumped by his girlfriend, the depressed Lieutenant falls in with Jackie Lamont, a singer who works at a nightclub and brothel. After attending midnight mass together, she tells her story to Charles. Her real name is Abigail and she fell in love with Robert Manette. After six months of happy married life, Robert is arrested for murder, but Abigail can’t help loving her no-good husband. Durbin… In her most dramatic glory.

STARS: Deanna Durbin, Gene Kelly, Richard Whorf

93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1944 | Color


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One of Siodmak's best films
I hauled this out from my collection of films, not only because it has Christmas in its title, but because it is one of Robert Siodmak's best films. Excellent with Film Noir he manages the impossible, turning Deanna Durban into an ' available ' young woman in brothel like surroundings, and the opening scenes with her in it show her to be the great mature actor she could have been. She sings without any hope in her face or voice ' Spring will be just a little late this Year ' and I can think of no other female actor of the time who could have done it better. The story and no spoilers moves into very Noir territory concerning her hopeless love for a very nasty character played by Gene Kelly and sadly, in my opinion he was not right for the role, but then I do not rate him that highly in any of his roles. Dean Harens an unused actor who dominates a disillusioned role as a jilted young lover in the first part of the film would in my opinion have been perfect as the main lead alongside Durbin, but the fates and Hollywood's whims decided otherwise. A heart breaking film that probably should have had another title as it is certainly anything but festive, but so good many viewers will want to return to it as I do. And perhaps wish along with me that Durbin had stayed on and be remembered for further roles equal to this. See it if you can.

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