11 March 2019 | HotToastyRag
Exactly like the remake
Having seen the 1938 remake years before I rented the 1930 original Holiday, the original seemed like the remake! It's so incredibly similar, and Ann Harding's performance is so similar to Katharine Hepburn's, it felt like Ann was giving a Katharine Hepburn impression! I actually tried closing my eyes during a few scenes, and it sounded like I was listening to the remake.
Robert Ames is the love interest in this version, and he starts the film engaged to high-class Mary Astor. Then, when he comes home with her to meet her family, he realizes he has more in common with her sister Ann Harding, since they're both free-thinkers. Edward Everett Horton joins the party as one of Ann's kooky friends, and he was so well-liked in the part, he played it again in the 1938 remake!
All in all, this type of story isn't my cup of tea, but I did like the original better. The remake was far more of a screwball comedy than the original, which relied solely on the dialogue. If you want to see Cary Grant do backflips and pratfalls, rent the remake. If you want to see Ann Harding pretend to be Katharine Hepburn, rent the original.