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Stolen Holiday
Alternate Title: Mistress of Fashion
Director: Michael Curtiz (Dir)
Release Date:   6 Feb 1937
Production Date:   began late Jul 1936
Duration (in mins):   76
Duration (in reels):   10
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Cast:   Kay Francis (Nicole Picot)  
    Claude Rains (Stefan Orloff)  
    Ian Hunter (Anthony Wayne)  
    Alison Skipworth (Suzanne)  
    Alexander D'Arcy (Anatole)  
    Betty Lawford (Helen Tuttle)  
    Walter Kingsford (Francis Chalon)  
    Charles Halton (LeGrande)  
    Frank Reicher (Ranier)  
    Frank Conroy (Dupont)  
    Egon Brecher (Deputy Bergery)  
    Robert Strange (Prefect of police)  
    Kathleen Howard (Mme. Delphine)  
    Wedgewood Nowell (M. Borel)  

Summary: 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. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Production Text: A First National Picture
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
  The Vitaphone Corp.  
Director: Michael Curtiz (Dir)
  Stanley Logan (Dial dir)
  Sherry Shourds (Asst dir)
  John Gates (Second asst dir)
Producer: Hal B. Wallis (Exec prod)
  Harry Joe Brown (Assoc prod)
Writer: Casey Robinson (Scr)
  Warren Duff (Orig story)
  Virginia Kellogg (Orig story)
Photography: Sid Hickox (Photog)
  Wesley Anderson (2d cam)
  Vernon Lawson (Asst cam)
Art Direction: Anton Grot (Art dir)
Film Editor: Terry Morse (Film ed)
Costumes: Orry-Kelly (Gowns)
  Henry West (Men's wardrobe)
  Ida Greenfield (Women's wardrobe)
Music: Leo F. Forbstein (Mus dir)
Sound: Stanley Jones (Sd)
Special Effects: Fred Jackman (Spec photog eff)
Make Up: Ruby Felker (Hair)
  Ray Romero (Makeup)
Production Misc: Robert Fellows (Unit mgr)
  Frank Kowalski (Scr clerk)
  L. P. "Dudie" Mashmeyer (Grip)
  Herbert Plews (Props)
  Paul Burnett (Gaffer)
  Mickey Marigold (Still photog)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & The Vitaphone Corp. 21/1/1937 dd/mm/yyyy LP6866

PCA NO: 2503
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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Ambition
  Courts and courtiers
  Duplicity
  Fraud
  Partnership
  Social climbers
  Swindlers and swindling
 
Subjects (Minor): Balls (Parties)
  Bonds
  Cowardice
  Debt
  Diplomats
  French
  Investments
  Marriage
  Mobs
  Models
  Paris (France)
  Romance
  Russians
  Scandal
  Self-sacrifice
  Suicide
  Weddings

Note: 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 emigrĂ© 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. 

Bibliographic Sources:   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.

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