Monday, October 24, 2011

Movie of the Week – The Philadelphia Story

This week’s movie is The Philadelphia Story (1940).

The comedy is about Tracy Lord, the eldest daughter in a Philadelphia society family, who is planning to marry a commoner George Kittredge, but her ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven has other plans as he crashes the wedding the day before with gossip news-writer (who is really a struggling novelist) Macaulay Conner and photographer Elizabeth Imbrie. The film is directed by auteur George Cukor (who also made Holiday, The Woman, Gone with the Wind, and My Fair Lady), and features work from composer Franz Waxman, cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg and art director Cedric Gibbons. The film has one of the great classic Hollywood casts with Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart (for which he won an Oscar) starring. Ruth Hussey, John Howard and especially Virginia Weidler are great in support. Grant, Hepburn and Stewart all play off each other very well and the quick dialog is fantastic. It is the only film that Stewart made with either Hepburn or Grant and one of four that Hepburn made with Grant. It is a must-see for fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Check out the trailer.

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