Christmas holiday, released in the year 1944 and directed by Robert Siodmak is based on the novel written by W. Somerset Maugham and Herman J. Mankiewicz wrote the script of the movie. This movie falls under the category of the stylish Hollywood crime dramas that set their protagonists in a corrupted and cruel world. Thus the genre of the movie ‘Christmas holiday’ is Drama as well as a Film noir.
The cast of the movie includes names like Deanna Durbin, who portrayed the role of Jackie Lamont in the movie, Gene Kelly who essayed the role of Robert Monett, Richard Whorf who played the character of Simon Fenimore, Dean Harens played the role of Charles Mason, Gladys George portrayed the character of Valerie de Merode, Gale Sondergaard played the role of Mrs. Monett and David Bruce as Gerald Tyler.
The movie was nominated for the Oscars under the category of Best music. Gene Kelly is portrayed as a scheming charmer who is prone to violence. There is this sweet next-door girl played by Deanna Durbin who falls for Kelly despite being fully aware of the fact that Keely is a killer. Because of this weak story line, Christmas Holiday has been described as a weak film noir.