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Re-creating the role she originated in Philip Barry's wickedly witty Broadway play, Katharine Hepburn stars as the spoiled and snobby socialite Tracy Lord in this sparkling 1940 screen adaptation of The Philadelphia Story, one of the great romantic comedies from the golden age of MGM studios. Applying her impossibly high ideals to everyone but herself, Tracy is about to marry a stuffy executive when her congenial ex-husband (Cary Grant), arrives to protect his former father-in-law from a potentially scandalous tabloid expos¨¦. In an Oscar-winning role, James Stewart is the scandal reporter who falls for Tracy as her wedding day arrives, throwing her into a dizzying state of premarital jitters. Who will join Tracy at the altar? Snappy dialogue flows like sparkling wine under the sophisticated direction of George Cukor in this film that turned the tide of Hepburn's career from "box-office poison" to glamorous Hollywood star. --Jeff Shannon
- Great Commentary
Unless you're from Mars, you already know this is a classic. Just look at that line-up: Hepburn, Grant, Stewart and Cukor. I just wanted to write a review so that I could recommend the 2-disc version, since it has a wonderful commentary track by Jeannine Basinger. This is now the second DVD commentary that I have enjoyed by Ms. Basinger, the first being 'It' starring Clara Bow. She obviously does her homework since she imparts information on practically every aspect of the film she is commenting on. I do wish she would occasionally take a breath and enjoy some of the film, but this is a small complaint. ...more info
- Katherine Hepburn is great but the screenplay did not stand the test of time
This 1940s film is supposed to be a classic. That's why it interested me. Originally adapted from a play, it stars Katherine Hepburn as a Philadelphia "main line" self-absorbed young woman. Recently divorced from Cary Grant, she is planning a marriage to someone else. But with the help of James Stuart and Ruth Hussy, Cary Grant sets about winning back his lady love.
My recollections of Katherine Hepburn are as an old lady, so it was a delight to see her young and gorgeous self. The role called for a lot of dialogue and a lot of shifting emotions. Despite her artificial makeup, she did a great job and I can understand the reason she left her indelible mark on the silver screen. She's unique in her own special way and she did the best she could with the material written for her.
Too bad the screenplay just did not stand the test of time. Despite its attempt to be smart and sophisticated, it's now 68 years later, and it came across to my modern mind as contrived and silly and too heavy on the dialog.
I give this film a mild recommendation for students of movie history. But for everyone else, don't waste your time.
- Actually Philadelphia Suburb Story
The Great Depression, some things never change. The rich are evil and the poor are sainted. Tracy Lord, the unfortunate name of a recent adult film star, she is kind of a glorious snot ; she'll marry a rich piker to get even with her suave but drunken ex-husband, Cary Grant.
Grant is Cary Grant, but Stewart, a newcomer, holds his own as the young writer skittish about rich folks and women. His long-suffering girlfriend, charming, Ruth Hussey, stands by demurely.
A little dated, but clearly courting mores were more distinct and perhaps safer way back then. Wonderful film!
- A classic of a classic - unsurpassed with great lines and acting
I am a big Katharine Hepburn fan. The actor I most watched happened to be Cary Grant. I also saw quite a number of George Cukor films(Dinner at Eight, David Copperfield, Little Women). And this is the best film made by any of them. It was not just Miss Hepburn, but the concerted effort of the whole cast and crew that made this B&W classic so dazzling.
The whole play is closely knitted and fast paced (sometimes the dialogues were so fast that it took a second time to watch the movie before I could truly appreciate the story). From the two reporters (James Stewart and Ruth Hussey) to the whole Tracy's family (younger sister Dina, father and mother, Uncle Willie), their performances were most credible and delightful. Even though the whole play revolved around Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), each of the remaining cast was given an intriguing personality. Dina (Virginia Weidler) was the smart and critical teenager who balleted, singed and played the piano - an act of mockery for the inquisitive reporters. Liz (Ruth Hussey) was the photography reporter who chose not to disclose his love of Mike (James Stewart). Both reporters were honourable and would not blackmail the Lord's family for an exclusive coverage of Tracy's marriage. I remembered when I first watched it on a 20" TV, I was already captured by the grand mansion the Lord's family lived in and the atmosphere of the high class the film successfully created around the Lord's family. Miss Hepburn also put on 5 elegant sets of costumes within the first 15 minutes!
It is also interesting to note that though "High Society" , a remake of Philadelphia Story made 16 years later, was very successful with the unforgettable song "True Love" sung by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly on the movie, Philadelphia Story still stood the test of the time and remained a classic unsurpassed.
As for Miss Hepburn, Philadelphia Story was her vehicle and she deservedly re-established her fame and success through her unparalleled portrayal of Miss Tracy Lord. Katharine Hepburn was Tracy Lord - a role specially created for her on Broadway and she subsequently owned the movie rights, with the role of Dextor (Joseph Cotton on Broadway version) assumed by Cary Grant. Whether you are a fan of Katharine Hepburn, this is a classic of a classic you should not miss! ...more info
- "I'm testing the air. I like it but it doesn't like me."
George Cukor's "The Philadelphia Story" features a cast that is a filmlover's dream. One can only gape in awe at seeing Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart all together in the same production.
Reporters Mike Connor (Stewart) and Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) infiltrate Philadelphia high society so that they can get the scoop on the high profile wedding of Tracy Lord (Hepburn). Into the mix is thrown Tracy's former husband, C. K. Dexter Haven (Grant) who starts to hang around his ex-wife in an attempt to win her back. As Tracy comes closer to her wedding day, she starts to doubt whether a conventional marriage is the right choice for her after all.
"The Philadelphia Story" is another of those well-done energetic comedies that were so common in the Thirties and Forties. While less chaotic than many of its screwball comedy contemporaries due to its stage play origins, this film is still a breezy and delightful treat. Hepburn is her usual wonderful self and Stewart and Grant are hilarious are the two men stalking her every move in the moments leading up to her wedding. Also of note is the performance turned in by Ruth Hussey. She more than manages to keep pace with the three screen giants and has her own fair share of memorable scenes. All in all, "The Philadelphia Story" is an entertaining cinematic work that boasts a degree of star power that is nothing short of amazing. ...more info
- Delightfully done.
Always wondered where High Society,the Movie, came from. All is revealed.
Think Grant & Hepburn were sensational. Having seen High Society first, have to say Sinatra & Holm were a better team than Stewart & what's her name; and Sinatra did a much better job on Grace Kelly than Stewart did on Hepburn! This Movie was good value tho'....more info
- Its a Classic
I do believe this classic will continue to span generations. Besides containing many stars of its time, it is clever and smart with wonderful performances by the entire cast. More than two thumbs up if I had more thumbs. ...more info
- Mighty "yar"
"You're slipping, Red. I used to be afraid of that look - the withering glance of the goddess."
The movie begins with one of the most classic scenes in film history. The audience does not know who the characters are in the first scene, and no dialogue is used. We see Cary Grant angrily slam the front door of a mansion and stalk towards a car parked out front. A moment later, Katharine Hepburn, dressed in a nightgown, follows him out, carrying a bag of golf clubs. After removing one club, she contemptuously throws the bag filled with the rest at him, haughtily breaks the one club over her knee, throws the halves at him, and stomps back towards the open doorway. Grant follows her, taps her on the shoulder...and when she wheels around, he pulls his fist back as if to punch her, but instead mashes her face in the palm of his hand, shoving her backward through the open doorway, where we next see her rubbing her neck as she sits up. The scene ends.
Cut to "Two Years Later" as the title informs the audience; the day before Philadelphian blue-blood Tracy Lord's (Katharine Hepburn) second wedding. The audience also realize that the mashee in the opening scene and the masher were formally husband and wife: Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) and C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant). Soon Dexter has makes a surprise visit to the Lord household on the eve of the wedding. Tracy is about to marry George Kittredge (John Howard), her stuffy and rather chauvinistic well-to-do fiance. What Tracy doesn't know at first is that Dexter, perhaps seeking revenge on Tracy, has arranged for Mike Connor (James Stewart), a writer for a tabloid-like magazine named "Spy", and Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey), a "Spy" photographer, to do a story on the wedding under the guise of being friends of a friend of the family. Once Tracy is informed by Dexter that she must either allow the story to be written or her father's ongoing illicit affair with a dancer will be the big story instead she consents, but Connor and Imbrie do not know that she knows who their real identities and purpose...and she plots to "really give them something to write about...we'll set them on their ears!"
The first scene where Tracy meets Mike Connor and Liz Imbrie, and practically interviews them sets the tone for the rest of the film.
To reveal more of the story would spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen the film. But in the next twenty-four hours Tracy and the others find their lives turned upside-down in an alternately hilarious and touching series of events.
Katharine Hepburn made the extremely wise move on the advise of Howard Hughes, whom she was dating at the time, of buying the film rights to Philip Barry's play - she had been a hit onstage in the role, which was written for her. Recently having been labeled "box-office poison", even being offered a role in a film tentatively entitled "Mother Carey's Chickens", it was the only way to guarantee her the role in any filming of the play. She had spent a year on Broadway in the film version, and interrupted the tour of the play to film it for MGM. For the film, she had wanted Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy for the roles of Haven and Connor. She got Grant and Stewart - hardly shabby! And better choices anyway, IMHO. Donald Ogdent Stewart took over for the screenplay adaptation, as Barry had apparently requested too much money. The dialogue is some of the best of any film of its time, and Hepburn, at her most radiant, is beautifully costumed by designer Adrian. She is at times "lit from within", as Stewart's character Mike tells her, and at other times "made of bronze" (as her father, played by John Halliday) asserts. Dinah, Tracy's young sister, is portrayed to hilarious effect by child actress Virginia Weidler, who makes her appearance to the reporter duo in ballet toe shoes, spewing French and finishing her introduction to them by manically playing and singing a lusty dance-hall song on the piano. Pinch-prone Uncle Willie (Roland Young) adds great spice and fun with his smaller part.
Side note: In the scene where Mike arrives drunk at Dexter's house late one evening, Stewart purposely hiccups to try to crack Grant's straight-faced resolve - and it works.
"The Philadelphia Story" won six Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Stewart), Best Actress (Hepburn), Best Supporting Actress (Hussey), Best Screenplay (Donald Ogden Stewart), and Best Director (George Cukor). James Stewart and Donald Ogden Stewart won their nominations (Stewart's sole Oscar win), and although Katharine Hepburn did not win for this role (she lost to Ginger Rogers for her performance in "Kitty Foyle"), she received the New York Film Critics' Award. The film revived her professional reputation, was a huge success, is of course considered to be one of the all-time classics of romantic comedy, and my personal favorite of Hepburn's films of this genre....more info
- The course of true love... ...gathers no moss.
Perhaps not my favorite classic, but The Philadelphia Story is a great adaptation of the play with some of the greatest actors of their day.
Now I am only twenty so this was out far before my years, but it certainly kept my attention and will sit high in my list of favorite films.
Macaulay Connor(James Stewart) stumbling around with Tracy Lord(Katharine Hepburn) drunk on champagne, and previously meeting with C.K. Dexter Haven(Cary Grant) in my mere opinion is oscar worthy in itself.
" Well, this is where Cinderella gets off, now you hurry back to the ball before you turn into a pumpkin and six white mice, goodbye. "
Not to mention I adore anything where Katharine Hepburn plays a cold, but misunderstood woman of privilege. Oh wait...
It is a film I will truly treasure in my collection. ...more info
- A must for Cary Grant fans
This is a great classic and a must have! Amazon made this so easy to
purchase and receive. If you get this movie, you will also need
His Girl Friday and Bringing up Baby "Thank You!"...more info
- Vintage Chick Flick
The liner notes for "The Philadelphia Story" describes it as a sophisticated romantic comedy. Automatically my hackles go up and say "Oh, No! Chick Flick!" To the film's credit, it is uniformly well acted. Though Jimmy Stewart received the Oscar for his work here I thought the best performance here was delivered by Ruth Hussey as Elizabeth Embree, Stewart's no-nonsense photographer. The script is intelligently written. That said, the film at 1 hour, 52 minutes drags. There's not enough substance here to warrant that length. Translated from a stage play and it shows. The film suffers from staginess and director George Cukor didn't seem able to open the film up from it's origins. Not a complete waste of time but not the classic that it's been billed as....more info
- The course of true love gathers no moss
At age 45 I'm just getting around to seeing a lot of the classics I'd always ignored. All I knew of "The Philadelphia Story" until this week was that it was a high society comedy with James Stewart. Sounded a bit blah to me. Imagine my surprise to find a screwball romantic comedy that happens to take place in high society, and to find Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant as well. I guess I never paid the film much attention because of its boring title; sounds like a Revolutionary War film about the history of the city.
Instead we have a hilarious picture based on a stage play. It ends just as I expected it would from the opening scene, but, with all the glorious twists and turns in between, who cares if it's ultimately a bit predictable? The joys of the film include some unexpectedly fall-down funny moments of both verbal and physical comedy, wonderful lighting (it seems films in color can never quite get the lighting to be a character in the way they could in these old B&W flicks), and the wonder of how director George Cukor managed to make this stage play look quite un-stagey.
Other Amazon reviewers may grouse about the Oscar awarded to Stewart (I agree that had to be a make-good), but the film was nominated in several other categories, including a Best Actress nomination for Hepburn. This is a lady who deserved every bit of attention she ever got; history has borne out her brilliance even in the days when she wasn't appreciated. Kudos to Warner Home Video for such a great package, with all the extras attached, to maintain the status of "The Philadelphia Story" as one of the greatest films ever made. Just wish that title had even 1% of the pizzazz of the movie itself....more info
- the philadephia story
just about the best work of kathyn hepburn. can't go wrong with the
fun they all have...more info
- Classic Led by Sharp Repartee and Three Scintillating Leads
It has taken me a while to warm to this 1940 classic probably because the characters are not as immediately likeable as others of the period, for example, Howard Hawks' "Bringing Up Baby". In what has to be her career-defining role, Katharine Hepburn was born to play imperious Main Line socialite Tracy Lord. As Hepburn herself says, the part fits her like a glove as her angular beauty is matched by the razor sharpness of her haughty, self-absorbed character. On the eve of her second marriage, Tracy is surrounded by three men who all want her at some point in the story. With whom she ends up is no surprise, but the journey there contains all the biting wit and human insight that one could hope for in what is essentially a drawing room comedy.
As the pretentiously named C.K. Dexter Haven, Tracy's ex-husband, Cary Grant surprisingly plays the most grounded character in the story, a romantic in cynic's clothing, watching others get caught in the fear of commitment and a gauzy haze of indecision. His only moment of typical Grant physical humor is right at the outset when in the classic opening scene, he reacts to Tracy's golf club-breaking defiance with a well-judged facial push. Together, along with the uproarious "Bringing Up Baby" and the sublime "Holiday", Hepburn and Grant made a dynamic, temperamentally compatible screen couple in their youth, a combustible tug-of-war between equals versus the more subservient role she played later with Spencer Tracy. Ironically, the triangle (or more accurately, quadrangle) element of this movie allows just enough interplay between the two in what was to be sadly their final film collaboration. As the third point, a young and refreshingly cynical James Stewart portrays Macauley "Mike" Connor, a reporter covering Tracy's nuptials for the gossipy "Spy" magazine. Connor turns out to be a talented, published short story author, which Tracy finds immediately attractive. Intriguingly, it is Mike, not Dexter, who gets the most romantic scene in the movie as he bathes Tracy in the moonglow of romantic foreplay before a midnight swim.
What is so refreshing about this triangle is that it never reduces itself to some heroic duel to win the damsel. In fact, both men have understandable reservations about Tracy's high-and-mighty stance and her inability to tolerate others' weaknesses. Dexter turns out to be an alcoholic whom Tracy enabled during their marriage, and this makes for some of the most incisive dialogue in the movie. Mike is really an anti-establishment type who is appalled by what he is doing, and he also has an unspoken relationship with Liz Imbrie, his smart-mouthed photographer sidekick who of course, pines for him. In one of the more painful scenes, Tracy's father, whose apparent indiscretion provides the blackmail-driven plot which allows "Spy" to cover Tracy's wedding, tells off his daughter by calling her a "prig" and a "perennial spinster" asserting she is as cold as a bronze statue. Of course, the one man who wants to worship her is her fianc¨¦, George Kittredge, who is socially insecure among the old rich and reveals his true intolerance when he believes that Tracy is guilty of the same type of indiscretion that ironically Tracy accused her father. As you can imagine, it all ties up beautifully, and all these complications come through with a great deal of humanity thanks to the wonderful, sometimes surprisingly edgy dialogue in Philip Barry's original play and Donald Ogden Stewart's screen adaptation. It is fair to say that the rest of the cast is fine but overshadowed by the three superb and fully embodied leads. Ruth Hussey does what she can in showing her character's vulnerability between the wisecracks as Liz, and Virginia Wiedler has a few hammy scenes as Tracy's precocious sister Dinah. A major portion of the credit for this first-class production needs to go to estimable filmmaker George Cukor, who is completely in his element here guiding his players to their peak. A true classic.
The extras in the new two-disc DVD package are excellent. The first disc has informative albeit rather enthusiastic commentary by film historian and critic Jeannine Basinger, as well as ten trailers for various Cukor classics. I am happy to report the video and audio transfer of the film itself is clean. The second disc contains "Katharine Hepburn: All About Me--A Self Portrait", a wonderful, nearly two-hour, first-person documentary made in 1992. At 85, she is a ball of energy and still quite lucid as she reflects back on her career in somewhat scripted remembrances. But her true feelings come out when she speaks lovingly about Spencer Tracy or what her responses are on myths about her. Her true personality - abrupt, ribald, and hilarious - comes across in the at-home scenes with her devoted entourage. It's a great retrospective of a full life. The second documentary is the Cukor contribution to "The Men Who Made the Movies" series produced by Richard Schickel, an overview of the master director's career though it oddly stops at 1954's "A Star Is Born". Both documentaries are chock full of memorable film clips.
Just like going to the movies in the forties, one can see a short with the acerbically amusing Robert Benchley and a cartoon on the second disc. There are also two radio broadcast versions with the three leads. The one-hour 1942 version is burdened by bad, crackling sound and an intrusive Cecil B. DeMille commenting on the plot throughout. The half-hour 1947 broadcast is the more intriguing of the two, as the actors' voices have coarsened somewhat over seven years. Hepburn, in particular, seems rather disengaged until the romantic interlude with Stewart when he humorously stutters a line in typical Stewart fashion....more info
- 'A hundred times too good for me' (recommended)
When flirtatiously argumentative C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) shows up for his wealthy socialite ex-wife Tracy Lord's (Katharine Hepburn) marriage to George Kittredge (John Howard) wedding plans become unhinged. The visit of undercover journalist Macaulay Connor (James Stewart) with secret admirer and photographer Elizabeth Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) wreck further havoc on matrimony preparations. While "Liz" tries to win Macaulay's heart he begins to fall for Tracy. As the wedding approaches it is not certain just who will walk down the aisle with Tracy. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY is a classic comedy that actually helped to invert Hepburn's "box office poison" reputation.
Movie quote: "You're too good for me, George. You're a hundred times too good. And I'd make you most unhappy, most. That is, I'd do my best to."...more info
- one of the best films
ever made. all of the performances are a triumph, and this film will make you laugh, cry, and think. this is what we are looking for in terms of a great movie. embrace the maudlin, and the sappy, along with virginia weilder as dinah - one of the best performances by a child ever filmed.
jimmy got the oscar (he didnt get it for 'mr smith'), and he is overwrought and put upon and free and passionate. amazing amazing film. some of the best writing in cinematic history......more info
- Classic movie
This is a great classic movie with three of the original movie stars, Jimmy Stewart, Catherine Hepburn, and last but certainly not lest, Cary Grant. The writing is flawless and witty. There is a hidden pearl in the movie in the form of the little sister....more info
- Timless acting, devastating wit, and, um... the script still neeeds work
I just watched this again and I simply must advertise my opinion on the whole of it. It's just that it was "almost" there. The classic screwball pairings of Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant are legendary, but this one was in need of a good rewrite. If you are in a sentimental mood and you have recently viewed your entire collection of 1934-1944ish screwball comedies, then you can't go too far off of the path with this offering, but...
Okay, so let's start at the beginning (not the beginning of the story, that would be just silly--let's start with the cast): Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn reunite to match wits in a slightly more "mature" (they are older, and it shows in that "Haven't we done this before, but it was more fun then, but I suppose this is nice too" kind of way) version of Bringing Up Baby. Perhaps between BuB and this story they did get married after all, and had different parental units, and jobs, but the rest is pretty much the same. They are both fine actors with presence and sublime comedic timing that seems so natural it is ethereal and almost aloof to the rest of us mere mortals viewing this grand spectacle unfolding. And then there is Jimmy Stewart in his early days. A true master of American cinema, this man redefines "the common man" made popular by Dickens a century past. Roland Young (Topper) is magnificent as always, so much so that it is best to view his scenes, remote in hand, again and again to scrutinize his subtle comic inflections. The rest of the cast is well suited to this film, and the undiscovered gem is the too-little used and almost ignored Ruth Hussey, whose somber portrayal (I won't give too much away) is classic and understated to the point of being that of a beautiful wall decor one almost discerns in the tapestry of the film's rich ambiance.
But it's the lines themselves that jumble together, like egocentric starlets all vying for the prime screen time. They clash and toil angrily in ways that make George Cukor roll over in his grave, lamenting over the lost Oscar that should by all rights have been his. "Soylent Green is people!" Classic lines are easy to remember, and they really sell a film, but you can't just shove a bunch of them (like carrots, all bound together) in front of a camera and expect people to think to themselves that this is Shakespearean (...and don't I know this! But that is not the point!).
Watch it over wine, with a fire in the hearth, on a dark, stormy night with your spouse (someone who is already contractually obligated to stay once the movie is over). It has its flaws, but it is still charming in the ways that "the 50's" are to this day considered an age of innocence when compared to the decades that followed. But if you are trying to impress a date, go with Bringing Up Baby (if they are they type who love absurdity and live to laugh), or His Girl Friday (1940), if they are the cerebral type who thrive upon the sparring jab of wit so quick it has lashed and gone should you inadvertently turn your head untimely.
Ownable in deed, but best reserved for those times among close friends when one is more interested in dissecting "fine comedy dialogue 101" than a good night's comedy romp and shag following.
Thanks for reading.
- This is not a classic!
The Philadelphia Story is pure garbage. People and critics have always raved about this movie so I decided to watch it and see for myself, to my utter disbelief this film is nonsense. The plot is childish and goes nowhere and the non-stop talking drove me insane 30 minutes in. Jeez Katharine Hepburn never shuts her big fat mouth, talk, talk, talk! James Stewart is pretty good but he didn't deserve the Oscar. This film is for whiny, spoiled upper-middle class nutcases! I hate it sorry but I can't pretend this is cinema art....more info
- Classic Sophistication
The first half hour of this movie might have you thinking that it will be a formulaic farce, but it quickly turns into a an interestingly off-balance look at the tension between societal expectations and true love, succeeding both as a light-hearted comedy and a serious commentary on the ultimate irrelevance of economic classes in the pursuit of love.
With lesser actors, the script might have turned into something heavy-handed and forced, but Hepburn, Stewart, and Hussey do a wonderful job of revealing vulnerabilities in their characters, something that transforms the action from soap opera to something special. Cary Grant performs admirably in his role as the once-favored of Hepburn, but his role lacks the emotional range of the roles that Hepburn and Stewart played. That aside, the acting is consistently great and quite moving, though 21st century sensibilities might find it a little too emotive. The work of the young Virginia Weidler, who would die too young in 1968 of a heart ailment, is just one among many other hidden gems in this film.
Please watch this film if you'd like an idea of what "romantic comedy" meant in the US at the dawn of WWII. ...more info
- Top ten movies of all time!
The Philadelphia Story
This is one of the top ten greatest films ever made. You won't be disappointed with your purchase and it makes a great gift. If you like Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn try 'HOLIDAY'. The cast is fantastic and the writing is excellent! It is now available in Cary Grants box set or individually. Happy viewing....more info
- A great love story for the entire family
I am a huge James Stewart and Cary Grant movie fan. This movie has one laugh after the other.This is a great love story that the whole family can watch and enjoy! The way the movie ends is the way you want it to.There is a time when you think that it is going to go the opposite way for Cary Grant...He gets the girl!...more info
- Loved this movie
I really like Katherine Hepburn, but her role in this movie was phenomenal...if only it had been in color then I think it would have really sparkled. I have watched this movie numerous times and I'm always finding a new joke or snarky/funny remark. Enjoy!...more info
- The Philadelphia Story, Christmas in Connecticut, The Ref
All three movies came together. They came in just a few days and in great shape....more info
- Great Fun
A must for every fan of Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. Funny, sad, touching, wonderful!...more info
- The Philadelphia Story
One of the greatest comedies of all time, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, a young James Stewart. I am a great fan of all, a most have movie. ...more info
- The Philadelphia Story
Just an old fashioned love story... coming down in multi-harmony. Cary Grant & Katherine Hepburn are the stars but the winner of the Academy Award is James (Jimmy) Stewart (Best Actor). The movie opens with Tracy Lord (Haven at the time)(Kate Hepburn) throwing her husband out of house & home. When she breaks a golf club over her knee, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) can't take it anymore. He wants to hit her but gives her the 'pie-face', instead!
Tracy Lord is such a snob she can only see the faults in everyone else, not herself. She's set to remarry, this time to to George Kittredge (John Howard). On the eve of the marriage the editor of Spy Magazine, Sidney Kidd (Henry Daniell), sends a reporter, Macauley Connor (James Stewart), & photographer, Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) to do an expose on Tracy's cheating father, Seth Lord (John Halliday).
The dialog is fast & there's quite a few zingers along the way. In the end Tracy gets her comeuppance & gets the man she's always wanted. This film saved the career of Hepburn, made Stewart a star & Grant would still be big. ...more info
- Average Film
I really didn't see what made this such a "great" film. It was not bad and somewhat entertaining. However, it was, in my opinion, no greater than many other romantic comedies of that era. I actually fell asleep on it twice. ...more info
- Gets better with repeated viewing
I watch this and enjoy it more now watching the interaction between Stewart and Grant. THe dialogue is brilliant - some lines rival Shakespeare, Hepburn is at her best, the jokes are fast and furious like "Hellzapoppin," the supporting cast is superb, as are the clothes and decorating. Some gems "There are rules" - Stewart the gentleman, Hepburn's interaction with Stewart and his girlfriend, How tender everyone is with each other, the Quaker librarian, the scandal with the father and how they handle it.. the double meanings to almost every phrase. You get more each time you watch it - clearly the actors relished working with each other. This is humor at its driest....more info
- Old Fashion Movie
Excellent movie for all movie lovers. Good, old fashion fun with the best possible cast. Worth watching a lot more than once!...more info