The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday is a 1943 film starring Deanna Durbin
Deanna Durbin
Deanna Durbin is a Canadian-born, Southern California-raised retired singer and actress, who appeared in a number of musical films in the 1930s and 1940s singing standards as well as operatic arias....

 as a missionary who goes to great lengths, even posing as "Mrs. Holliday", in order to get some Chinese war orphans into the United States. Director Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir was a French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a film director and actor, he made more than forty films from the silent era to the end of the 1960s...

 was replaced by Bruce Manning
Bruce Manning
Bruce Manning was a Hollywood filmmaker who entered the movie business following the publication of several novels that he co-wrote with wife Gwen Bristow. Their first novel together, 1930's The Invisible Host, was adapted to the screen in 1934 as The Ninth Guest...

 partway through production. According to TCM
Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies is a movie-oriented cable television channel, owned by the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner, featuring commercial-free classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and MGM, United Artists, RKO and Warner Bros. film libraries...

, two conflicting reasons were given: the Hollywood Reporter wrote that he was let go because he was too slow; Renoir claimed he left due to the pain from an old World War I injury. Hans J. Salter
Hans J. Salter
Hans J. Salter was an American film composer.Hans J. Salter gained his education from the Vienna Academy Of Music, and studied composition with Alban Berg, Franz Schreker, and others. He was Music Director of the State Opera in Berlin before being hired to compose music at UFA studios...

 and Frank Skinner
Frank Skinner (composer)
Frank Skinner was an American composer and arranger.Skinner was born in Meredosia, Illinois. A graduate of the Chicago Musical College , 16-year-old Frank found employment in vaudeville and began playing in local areas with his brother Carl on drums...

 were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Academy Award for Best Original Score
The Academy Award for Original Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer.-Superlatives:...



  • Deanna Durbin
    Deanna Durbin
    Deanna Durbin is a Canadian-born, Southern California-raised retired singer and actress, who appeared in a number of musical films in the 1930s and 1940s singing standards as well as operatic arias....

     as Ruth Kirke Holliday
  • Edmond O'Brien
    Edmond O'Brien
    Edmond O'Brien was an American actor who is perhaps best remembered for his role in D.O.A. and his Oscar winning role in The Barefoot Contessa...

     as Tom Holliday
  • Barry Fitzgerald
    Barry Fitzgerald
    Barry Fitzgerald was an Irish stage, film and television actor.-Life:He was born William Joseph Shields in Walworth Road, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland. He is the older brother of Irish actor Arthur Shields. He went to Skerry's College, Dublin, before going on to work in the civil service, while...

     as Timothy Blake
  • Arthur Treacher
    Arthur Treacher
    Arthur Veary Treacher was an English actor born in Brighton, East Sussex, England.Treacher was a veteran of World War I. After the war, he established a stage career and in 1928, he went to America as part of a musical-comedy revue called Great Temptations...

     as Henderson
  • Harry Davenport as Commodore Thomas Spencer Holliday
  • Grant Mitchell
    Grant Mitchell (actor)
    Grant Mitchell was an American stage actor on Broadway and character actor in many Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s...

     as Edgar Holliday
  • Frieda Inescort
    Frieda Inescort
    Frieda Inescort was a Scottish-born actress best known for creating the role of Sorel Bliss in Noel Coward's play Hay Fever....

     as Karen Holliday
  • Elisabeth Risdon
    Elisabeth Risdon
    Elisabeth Risdon was an English film actress. She appeared in over 140 films between 1913 and 1952. An attractive beauty in her youth she usually played in society parts...

     as Louise Holliday
  • Jonathan Hale
    Jonathan Hale
    Jonathan Hale was a Canadian-born film and television actor.-Career:Born Jonathan Hatley in Ontario, Canada, Hale was well known as Dagwood Bumstead's boss, Julius Caesar Dithers, in the Blondie film series in the 1940s. He is also notable for playing Inspector Farnack in various The Saint films...

     as Ferguson
  • Esther Dale
    Esther Dale
    Esther Dale was an American actress, best known perhaps for her role as Aunt Genevieve in the 1935 Shirley Temple vehicle, Curly Top....

     as Lucy
  • Gus Schilling
    Gus Schilling
    August "Gus" Schilling was an American film actor. A former burlesque comedian, the New York-born Schilling usually played nervous comic roles, often unbilled.-Career:...

     as Jeff Adams
  • John F. Hamilton as Dr. Kirke
  • Christopher Severn as Orphan
  • Vido Rich as Orphan
  • Mila Rich as Child
  • Teddy Infuhr
    Teddy Infuhr
    Teddy Infuhr was an American child actor.-Biography:Missouri-born child actor Teddy Infuhr, youngest of four, moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was three and was initially prodded into acting by his mother...

     as Orphan
  • Linda Bieber as Child
  • Diane DuBois as Child
  • Charles Trowbridge
    Charles Trowbridge
    Charles Trowbridge was an American film actor. He appeared in 233 films between 1915 and 1958.He was born in Veracruz, Mexico and died in Los Angeles, California.-Selected filmography:*Tycoon...

     as Immigration Officer
  • Irving Bacon
    Irving Bacon
    Irving Bacon was an American character actor who appeared in over 400 films. He played on the stage for a number of years before getting into films in 1920. Bacon was sometimes cast in films directed by his namesake Lloyd Bacon such as The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse...

     as Ticket Agent
  • Philip Ahn as Major Ching
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