Holiday Inn (film)

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Holiday Inn is a 1942 film set at an inn which is only open on holidays, where a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Directed by Mark Sandrich. Written by Irving Berlin (idea), Elmer Rice (adaptation), and Claude Binyon (screenplay).

Jim Hardy

  • [trying to describe Linda] She was sort of a medium built, medium height. With a nice evening gown on with a belt in the back. She's sorta built like the girl I knew from the corner drugstore who used to play pinball. Conshwella Schlepkiss. I remember she was high man three weeks in a row.
  • I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, Just like the ones I used to know.

Ted Hanover

  • A gentle smile often breeds a kick in the pants.

Danny Reed

  • If I'm not the best manager in the business, I'll eat a garage mechanic's shirt!


  • [about winning Linda back] You could melt her heart right down to butter, if you'd only turn on the heat!


Linda Mason: My father was a lot like you, just a man with a family. Never amounted to much, didn't care. But as long as he was alive, we always had plenty to eat and clothes to keep us warm.
Jim Hardy: Were you happy?
Linda Mason: Yes.
Jim Hardy: Then your father was a very successful man.

Ted Hanover: [reading] Come out and relax on a farm, music, dancing, home cooking. Open holidays only. [skeptical] Open holiday's only? Say, how many of them are there?
Jim Hardy: [excited] About 15. That gives me 350 days to kick around in!
Ted Hanover: [laughing] You would think of that!

Linda Mason: What would you like?
Danny Reed: Orchids, the finest you've got.
Linda Mason: Corsage?
Danny Reed: No, no. A dozen, loose, looking like they don't care!

Danny Reed: How'd he get that far in five minutes?
Ted Hanover: The lady must have been willing.
Danny Reed: The world can't do this to us!

Lila Dixon: [about Jim] He gets a look.
Ted Hanover: He always has that look! It doesn't mean anything emotionally. It has something to do with his... liver.

Linda Mason: You better go inside, it's cold and you don't have a coat... [gently pushes him] Go on.
Jim Hardy: [kisses her, moves back] Well I don't need a coat anymore.

Ted Hanover: I like it here... with you and Linda.
Jim Hardy: And we love having you. When are you leaving?

Jim Hardy: Lila's back in New York. I got a letter from her yesterday.
Ted Hanover: What happened to her millionaire?
Jim Hardy: Slight mistake there. He didn't own millions, he owed them.
Ted Hanover: Poor girl. Always straying to greener pastures and finding spinach.

Lila Dixon: I love you... and Jim.
Ted Hanover: Well, I love Jim too... but let's not get too chummy.


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