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Johnny Holiday is a 1949 American crime film directed by Willis Goldbeck and written by Jack Andrews, Willis Goldbeck and Frederick Stephani. The film stars William Bendix, Stanley Clements, Hoagy Carmichael, Allen Martin Jr., Greta Granstedt and Herbert Newcomb. The film was released on November 18, 1949, by United Artists.[1][2]

Johnny Holiday
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byWillis Goldbeck
Produced byR.W. Alcorn
Screenplay byJack Andrews
Willis Goldbeck
Frederick Stephani
Story byR.W. Alcorn
StarringWilliam Bendix
Stanley Clements
Hoagy Carmichael
Allen Martin Jr.
Greta Granstedt
Herbert Newcomb
Music byFranz Waxman
CinematographyHal Mohr
Edited byRichard Fritch
Alcorn Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • November 18, 1949 (1949-11-18)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States



Johnny Holiday (Allen Martin Jr) is a fatherless boy whose mother (Greta Granstead) is ill in hospital. He hero-worships the psychopathic teenager Eddie Duggan (Stanley Clements). Protecting the thieving Clements, Johnny is sent to a reformatory in Indiana, where he is taken under the wing of Sgt Walker (William Bendix), the bluff but kindly man in charge of the school farm. Walker asks for Holiday to be assigned to him when he realises that Holiday has a natural aptitude for caring for horses, as well as an innocent, sweet nature.

When Duggan turns up in the reformatory, he persuades Holiday to break out with him. At a Christmas entertainment featuring Indiana-born Hoagy Carmichael, Duggan strong-arms Holiday into an attempt at escape. Holiday faces an ethical choice between Duggan, his former hero, and Walker, who has stood by him and taken care of him, even secretly bringing him to visit his mother…



  1. ^ "Johnny Holiday (1950) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Johnny Holiday". TV Guide. Retrieved 18 October 2014.

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