Stolen Holiday (1937)

76 mins | Drama | 6 February 1937

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writer:

Casey Robinson

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

Terry Morse

Production Designer:

Anton Grot

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Mistress of Fashion . Some scenes were shot on location at Lake Arrowhead. The story was loosely based on the French bond scandal involving the Russian emigré Serge Alexandre Stavisky who, after the fraud was discovered, either committed suicide or was murdered in 1934. Alain Resnais directed a French film based on the scandal entitled Stavisky in ... More Less

The film's working title was Mistress of Fashion . Some scenes were shot on location at Lake Arrowhead. The story was loosely based on the French bond scandal involving the Russian emigré Serge Alexandre Stavisky who, after the fraud was discovered, either committed suicide or was murdered in 1934. Alain Resnais directed a French film based on the scandal entitled Stavisky in 1974. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
27 Jul 36
p. 3.
Daily Variety
7 Aug 36
p. 5.
Daily Variety
26 Dec 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Dec 36
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Dec 36
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Sep 36
p. 47.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Dec 36
p. 54.
New York Times
1 Feb 37
p. 15.
Variety
3 Feb 37
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
Second asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
Men's wardrobe
Women's wardrobe
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Scr clerk
Gaffer
Still photog
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Mistress of Fashion
Release Date:
6 February 1937
Production Date:
began late July 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & The Vitaphone Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 January 1937
Copyright Number:
LP6866
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2503
SYNOPSIS

Nicole Picot, a mannequin in a Paris dress shop, has ambitions of being a designer herself, and when she is chosen by Stefan Orloff to accompany him to an elegant soiree, Nicole believes she finally has the chance to break into French society. Instead, it turns out that Stefan is an equally ambitious but penniless Russian adventurer, who is trying to raise money for an investment scheme. They become partners, and within a few years, Nicole is a successful designer, the head of the House of Picot, with only her old dresser, Suzanne, to remind her of the past. Nicole has resisted marrying Stefan, and when she meets Tony Wayne, a handsome British diplomat, it is clear why. Nicole and Tony fall deeply in love, but when Stefan asks her to marry him in order to help save his current schemes, she agrees. Just after the wedding, Francis Chalon, one of Stefan's partners, is arrested. Stefan runs away, but Nicole insists on staying. When news of Stefan's involvement in a swindle breaks, a mob attacks Nicole's shop, completely ruining it. Tony comes to her aid, and Nicole admits that she loves him, but says that she is going to Stefan anyway. She joins Stefan in his hideout, where she accuses him of dishonesty and cowardice. While they talk, Stefan sees the police surrounding the house and sneaks out. The police shoot him, but make it look like suicide. Nicole sells her business to help pay some of Stefan's debts. When Tony begs her to marry him, she protests that the scandal will ruin him, but he insists that he ... +


Nicole Picot, a mannequin in a Paris dress shop, has ambitions of being a designer herself, and when she is chosen by Stefan Orloff to accompany him to an elegant soiree, Nicole believes she finally has the chance to break into French society. Instead, it turns out that Stefan is an equally ambitious but penniless Russian adventurer, who is trying to raise money for an investment scheme. They become partners, and within a few years, Nicole is a successful designer, the head of the House of Picot, with only her old dresser, Suzanne, to remind her of the past. Nicole has resisted marrying Stefan, and when she meets Tony Wayne, a handsome British diplomat, it is clear why. Nicole and Tony fall deeply in love, but when Stefan asks her to marry him in order to help save his current schemes, she agrees. Just after the wedding, Francis Chalon, one of Stefan's partners, is arrested. Stefan runs away, but Nicole insists on staying. When news of Stefan's involvement in a swindle breaks, a mob attacks Nicole's shop, completely ruining it. Tony comes to her aid, and Nicole admits that she loves him, but says that she is going to Stefan anyway. She joins Stefan in his hideout, where she accuses him of dishonesty and cowardice. While they talk, Stefan sees the police surrounding the house and sneaks out. The police shoot him, but make it look like suicide. Nicole sells her business to help pay some of Stefan's debts. When Tony begs her to marry him, she protests that the scandal will ruin him, but he insists that he will brave any difficulty, and finally, she agrees. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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