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Stolen Holiday

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Stolen Holiday
DVD cover
Directed byMichael Curtiz
Screenplay byCasey Robinson
Story byWarren Duff
Virginia Kellogg
Produced byHal B. Wallis
StarringKay Francis
Claude Rains
Ian Hunter
CinematographySidney Hickox
Edited byTerry O. Morse
Music byHeinz Roemheld
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • February 7, 1937 (1937-02-07)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Stolen Holiday is a 1937 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Kay Francis, Claude Rains and Ian Hunter. It is loosely based on the Stavisky Affair, a French political scandal. A Russian con artist digs his way into the upper reaches of French society, but is finally exposed, with tragic consequences.

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In 1931 Paris, Nicole Picot, a model for a fashionable dress shop, is hired by nearly-penniless Stefan Orloff to help persuade a financier to fund his ambitious plans. By 1934, Stefan has established an investment bank; in gratitude, he provides the capital that Nicole needs to set up her own business and become a successful dress designer (though she insists on paying him back).

British diplomat Anthony Wayne romances Nicole and wins her heart. However, when Stefan's crooked schemes start to unravel, he asks Nicole to marry him without divulging his main motive: the attendance of her influential friends at the well-publicized ceremony would bolster public confidence in him and buy him time. She agrees, out of friendship alone, much to the distress of her friend and assistant, Suzanne. It is too late. At their wedding, Stefan's closest confederate, Francis Chalon, is taken away by the police for questioning, and the other guests hastily depart.

Knowing that Chalon can incriminate him, Stefan goes into hiding at a remote chateau. However, he makes a mistake, sending a letter to Nicole asking her to join him. She does so, despite Anthony's protests. Nicole gets Stefan to admit the truth, though he insists he does love her. When he sees that the police have followed Nicole and have surrounded the chateau, he excuses himself. To spare her from being dragged down with him, he goes outside. As he expected, he is shot and killed, though it is staged to look like a suicide to avoid causing further embarrassment to the government.

Afterward, Anthony persists and finally gets Nicole to agree to marry him.



In addition to being held by Warner Bros., the film is preserved in the Library of Congress collection.[1]


  1. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at the Library of Congress, p.175 c.1978 by The American Film Institute


  • Rode, Alan K. Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film. University Press of Kentucky, 2017.

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