CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
1944, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

A troubled singer (Deanna Durbin) spends a stormy night in New Orleans spinning a tale of woe for a broken-hearted soldier: She married a mama’s boy who's locked up in prison, but she still carries a torch for him. Siodmak cleverly unfolds W. Somerset Maugham's backtracking story, while Gene Kelly (!) uses his avuncular charm to mask a murderous streak. A wickedly delightful alternative to proper Yuletide fare.