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Mad Holiday (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery | 13 November 1936 (USA)
Philip Trent is tired of playing film detective Shelby James. He thinks that the stories are tripe and plans a vacation to get away from Hollywood. But on the ship, he meets a mysterious ... See full summary »


George B. Seitz


Florence Ryerson (screen play by), Edgar Allan Woolf (screen play by) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... Philip Trent
Elissa Landi ... Peter Dean
Zasu Pitts ... Mrs. Kinney
Ted Healy ... Mert Morgan
Edmund Gwenn ... Williams
Edgar Kennedy ... Donovan
Soo Yong Soo Yong ... Li Tai
Walter Kingsford ... Ben Kelvin
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Raymond Hatton ... 'Cokey Joe' Ferris
Rafaela Ottiano ... Ning
Harlan Briggs ... Mr. Kinney
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Hendrick Van Mier


Philip Trent is tired of playing film detective Shelby James. He thinks that the stories are tripe and plans a vacation to get away from Hollywood. But on the ship, he meets a mysterious young woman and then finds a body, only to find out that the whole affair was staged by Peter Dean - author of the Shelby James novels. But then Mr. Van Mier is found murdered in the same way and the Dragon diamond is missing. No matter what Philip tries to do, he finds himself involved with the crime and meddles his way through it looking for the killer and the diamond - with the help of author Dean. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

13 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Viagem do Barulho See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 11 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Chicago 12 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Norfolk VA 30 September 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Altoona PA 4 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 10 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Miami 15 October 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Lebanon PA 18 October 1957 on WLBR (Channel 15), and in Honolulu 22 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13); in New York City, its earliest documented airing took place 10 April 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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The real mystery,,,
17 June 2013 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

"Mad Holiday" is a typical low budget 30s thriller, centering on Edmund Lowe as a vacationing movie idol, a shipboard killer and a diamond heist. But the real mystery is why Loew's co-star, Elissa Landi, never became a star in her own right. Rising above the grade B trappings as an incognito author, she's a revelation...sexy, stylish and bouyantly amusing with the sparkle of a Rosalind Russell or Katherine Hepburn. She also gave a stand-out performance in the second "Thin Man" caper, "After the Thin Man" (albeit in a less captivating role.) But by 1943, her screen career was over. She's not the only gifted performer who somehow got lost in the maze of the studio system. But watching her sail through this otherwise tepid crime story, one an only wonder how Hollywood let her get away.

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