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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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Helene Reynolds Helene Reynolds
Main Line Society Woman
Mildred Shay Mildred Shay
Main Line Society Woman
Hilda Plowright Hilda Plowright
Librarian
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps
Bartender
Florine McKinney Florine McKinney
Main Line Society Woman
Claude King Claude King
Uncle Willie's Butler


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Waldo Salt Waldo Salt
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Some lovely Philadelphia, say Cheese!

12 years, 2 months ago at Aug 25 17:00
3 votes
''The time to make up your mind about people is never.''

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.

Cary Grant: C.K. Dexter Haven

Katharine Hepburn: Tracy Lord

James Stewart: Macaulay Connor

Philadelphia Story is a hi... read more

My Favorite Movie

13 years, 7 months ago at Mar 5 18:38
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This romantic comedy is so much more than that. It was written for Katherine Hepburn and after playing it on stage she asked Cary Grant (who had starred with her in Bringing Up Baby, Hepburn's last movie that made her box office poison years before) to star with her.

Katherine Hepburn is great in this. She has the character down pat. She's cold and distant even while being hurt and ... read more

Classic romantic comedy

12 years, 6 months ago at Apr 28 5:34
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"I'm going crazy. I'm standing here solidly on my own two hands and going crazy."

The Philadelphia Story is a classic, enchanting romantic comedy that has gone down in history as one of the much-loved romantic comedies of all time.

I will admit that because the film is decades old it has lost some of its charm and appeal, but the abilities of the actors is what truly... read more
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Description: Tracy Lord (Hepburn), a Philadelphia heiress, is about to marry coal-company executive George Kittridge (John Howard). The wedding, promising to be the season's premier event, attracts the attention of a magazine publisher who sees it as an opportunity to break a story. Spy magazine's Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), Lord’s ex-husband, is enlisted to "gain access" to the party, along with top scandal writer Macauley Connor (James Stewart). However, the reporter is quickly smitten by the bride’s charms--and he’s not the only one. -source: RottenTomatoes.com ... (more)
Release date: 23 December 1940
UPC: 027616661326
Tags: Comedy (22), Romance (19), 1940s (15), 1940 (10), Wedding (6), Hangover (4), Reporter (4), Philadelphia (4), Socialite (4), Based On Play (4), Pennsylvania (4), Black & White (4), Usa (3), Alcoholism (3), Scandal (3), Cary Grant (3), Bw (2), Screwball (2), Screwball Comedy (2)
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