Holiday Inn

Synopsis: Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim's supper club, Holiday Inn, is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music's the thing.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Mark Sandrich
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

# Happy Holiday #

# Happy Holiday #

- Merry Christmas, Bud.

- Thank you. Merry Christmas to you.

Okay. Hi, chief.

Come in.

Hello, honey.

Well, this is our last night

in show business. Some feeling, huh?

- Some feeling.

- I got the ring and the license.

- Honey, we're ready.

- Oh.

Say, there's a hook leftover

at the top here. Should that be?

Never mind that, dear.

I'll take care of it.

- Jim.

- Huh?

Well, I think that tie is terrible.

- Who cares? Tomorrow I'm a farmer.

- You'd better go change it.

Honey, when you flip 'em those twinkle

toes, who's gonna be looking at my tie?

- You only have five minutes. Hurry.

- Okay, I'm on my way.

- What'd he say?

- I didn't tell him.

Why not? We love each other.

You want to continue dancing.

I know, but... he gets a look.

Oh, he's always had that look.

It doesn't mean anything emotionally.

It has to do with his liver.

Tell him you've made a mistake.

You don't want to give up your career

and live on a farm.

But he's already bought the farm

and the license and the ring.

Oh, I can't tell him.

All right. I will.

Right after our number.

Listen, darling, don't weaken.

Think of our life together.

Think of diamonds, of sables,

of your own little penthouse.

Is that a promise?

Well, just think about them

for the time being.

- Ready, Miss Dixon.

- Oh, thank you.

- This thing didn't come out even.

- Oh, I'll fix it.

- We have to hurry.

- I love you.

I love you... and Jim.

I love Jim too. But after all,

I mean, let's not be too chummy.

# Here she comes

Down the street #

# My, oh, my

Ain't she sweet #

# Why, here comes

my hot toddy #

# Over my dead body #

# I'll capture her heart

singing #

# Just wait until she gets

a load of my dancing #

# Just wait 'til I start

singing #

# I'll take her strolling down the road

with my dancing #

# I can't go wrong

A tender song #

# And she'll discover my charms #

# Some fancy taps

and she'll collapse #

# And fall right into my arms #

# I'll capture her heart

singing #

# Oh, no

You haven't a chance #

# When I go into my dance #

# I'll take you

through life singing #

# La-da-da-di, la-da-da-di

La-da-da-di #

# Boom boom

Boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boom #

# I'll make you my wife

dancing #

# If you could dance

instead of sing #

# I'd learn to love you somehow #

# If you could sing

instead of dance #

# I'd take you home with me now #

# Boom boo-boo-boo-boom

Boo-boo-boo-boo-boom #

# Boo-boo-boo-boo, bo-ba-bi-bo-bo #

# The way you sing

don't mean a thing #

# You'd better stick

to your dance #

# And as for you

Your dance won't do #

# You'll have to sing for romance #

- # I'll capture her heart #

- # I'll capture her heart #

- # Singing #

- # Dancing #

Not much of a Christmas present

for you, is it?

I mean, both of us

walking out on you.

Don't worry about me, kid.

I'll do all right.

What a chump.

Can't you see what we're walking out on?

The grind, 365 days a year.

- When was the last time you had a day off?

- I don't know. Maybe last year.

Did you ever hear of Thanksgiving

or Labor Day or the Fourth of July?

- Vaguely.

- You know what they are, don't you?

They're holidays, days of rest.

There's lots of 'em.

They mark 'em in red on the calendar

so you can't miss 'em.

What happens in show business

when a holiday comes along?

You give an extra performance.

Not for me, brother. Lila and I are

going up to that farm in Connecticut.

We're gonna live by the calendar.

- Say, Jim.

- Hmm?

Uh, there's something

you should know.

Oh, I know, Ted.

I feel the same way about you.

You know, we've had

our ups and our downs.

- We've fought a little over women, but...

- I know, but...

Sorry, Jimmy boy, but that's life.

If I'm not the best manager in the

business, I'll eat a mechanic's shirt.

Fifteen weeks at the Park Club,

sight unseen, for you and Lila.

Two hundred dollars a week more than you

were getting with the farmer thrown in.

- What's the matter?

- I haven't told him.

- You haven't told him?

- You haven't told him?

Haven't told me what?

What's the news?

Well, don't be upset, Jim dear.

It isn't that I don't love you.

I do.

I love everybody.

But when Ted explained

how much he loved me and...

All at once we both realized

that we belonged together.

The two of us, dedicating our lives

to making people happy with our feet.

The two of you, huh?

Dedicating your lives

to making people happy with your feet.

That's sweet. Well, I guess that kick

I just got was a good start, huh?

Sorry, Jimmy boy, but that's life.

It's best you found out now.

You wouldn't want to make Lila unhappy.

Oh, no, no, I wouldn't

want to make Lila unhappy.

Not now, now that I really know her.

What a narrow squeak that was.

What do you mean by that?

Oh, nothing, honey.

I'm happy you're happy.

That little speech sounds like

the crackle of Confederate money.

Well, kids, I'm still

going to rejoin the human race.

I hope you get a lot of work,

holidays included.

Dance yourselves

into beautiful nervous breakdowns.

If you ever want to look me up,

you know where to find me.

Midville, Connecticut, under

a large shady tree, just being lazy.

# Lazy #

# I want to be lazy #

# I long to be out in the sun #

# With no work to be done #

# Under that awning #

# They call the sky #

# Stretching and yawning #

# And let the world go drifting by #

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Claude Binyon

Claude Binyon (October 17, 1905 Chicago, Illinois – February 14, 1978 Glendale, California) was a screenwriter and director. His genres were comedy, musicals, and romances. As a Chicago-based journalist for the Examiner newspaper, he became city editor of the show business trade magazine Variety in the late 1920s. According to Robert Landry, who worked at Variety for 50 years including as managing editor, Binyon came up with the famous 1929 stock market crash headline, "Wall Street Lays An Egg." (However, writer Ken Bloom ascribes the headline to Variety publisher Sime Silverman.)He switched from writing about movies for Variety to screenwriting for the Paramount Studio with 1932's If I Had A Million; his later screenwriting credits included The Gilded Lily (1935), Sing You Sinners (1938), and Arizona (1940). Throughout the 1930s, Binyon's screenplays were often directed by Wesley Ruggles, including the "classic" True Confession (1938). Fourteen feature films by Ruggles had screenplays by Binyon. Claude Binyon was also the scriptwriter for the second series of the Bing Crosby Entertains radio show (1934-1935). In 1948, Binyon made his directorial bow with The Saxon Charm (1948), for which he also wrote the screenplay. He went on to write and direct the low-key comedy noir Stella (1950), Mother Didn't Tell Me (1950), Aaron Slick of Pun'kin Crick (1952), and the Clifton Webb farce Dreamboat (1952). He directed, but didn't write, Family Honeymoon (1949) as well as Bob Hope's sole venture into 3-D, Here Come the Girls (1953). After his death on February 14, 1978, he was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. more…

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