The Philadelphia Story

philadelphia story
Comedy
, Romance

1940

Director: George Cukor CastCary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young, John Halliday, Mary Nash, Virginia Weidler, Henry Daniell, Lionel Pape, Rex Evans

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (James Stewart); Best Screenplay (Donald Ogden Stewart)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Katharine Hepburn); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ruth Hussey); Best Director (George Cukor)

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: When a rich woman’s ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Did You Know? Cary Grant only agreed to appear in the film as long as he got top billing. As Katharine Hepburn was considered “box office poison” at the time, this demand was readily agreed to.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Drunken James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn is the very best thing ever. In fact, I’m wondering if they might have actually gotten drunk for the scenes, or if they’re really just that good. Their talent knows no bounds, but can they truly be that perfect? Yes, the answer is yes.

Also, little Virginia Weidler is simply delightful, and I don’t usually care for child actors. I’m definitely hoping that she’s in more of the movies that are on my Oscar list.

I’m really trying to ignore the errant sexism and male-entitlement, because there’s so much talent in this film and because it’s from the 1940s: I just don’t think I’m going to come across many movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age that aren’t rampant with sexism and male-entitlement. But at least there’s a strong female character in this one who isn’t afraid to flat-out reject a man’s advances.

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