Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Christmas Holiday (1944)

Academy Awards, USA 1945

Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Hans J. Salter

Universal Pictures
Directed by Robert Siodmak
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

A soldier on the way to Europe finds out by letter that his fiance married someone else. When his flight gets diverted to New Orleans due to weather, he meets lounge singer Deanna Durbin. Through flashback, she recounts the events in her life while married to Gene Kelly. Happy at first, his gambling habit leads to murder, conviction and a life sentence. He escapes and mistakes her friendship with the soldier for romance, confronting them one dark and stormy night. Good atmosphere in this noir-ish thriller, but Kelly is miscast and unconvincing.

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