The Devil's Holiday

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A scheming manicurist, played superbly by Nancy Carroll, plans to marry Phillips Holmes, the son of millionaire wheat farmer Hobart Bosworth, as her ticket to Easy Street. Bosworth and Holmes' brother, James Kirkwood, violently oppose the union, but the couple marry anyway. Carroll offers to divorce him if Bosworth will pay her $50,000. Dad agrees and Carroll...read more

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A scheming manicurist, played superbly by Nancy Carroll, plans to marry Phillips Holmes, the son of millionaire wheat farmer Hobart Bosworth, as her ticket to Easy Street. Bosworth and Holmes' brother, James Kirkwood, violently oppose the union, but the couple marry anyway. Carroll offers

to divorce him if Bosworth will pay her $50,000. Dad agrees and Carroll leaves. Her conscience begins to eat at her, and she tries to wash away her guilt in alcohol. Meanwhile, Holmes lies seriously ill after a fall he suffered in a fight with his brother over Carroll. Upon hearing this, Carroll

realizes that she loves him and returns to his side.

DEVIL'S HOLIDAY was one of the earliest starring roles for contract player Carroll, who landed the role after the original star, Jeanne Eagels, died of a heroin overdose. Carroll earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role, but lost to Norma Shearer for THE DIVORCEE.

Collectors of filmic oversights should note the shadow cast by the overhead mike on the wall of Carroll's room in her scene with Ned Sparks. Despite this gaffe, this is still a nicely handled and appealing early talkie.

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