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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Director:
George Cukor
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Comedy/Drama/Romance
NORWEGIAN TITLE
En nydelig historie
RUNNING TIME
112 minutes
Producer:
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenwriter (based on the play by Phillip Barry):
Donald Ogden Stewart


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
C. K. Dexter Haven Cary Grant
Tracy Lord Katharine Hepburn
Macauley Connor James Stewart
Elizabeth Imbrie Ruth Hussey
George Kittredge John Howard
Uncle Willie Roland Young
Seth Lord John Halliday
Margaret Lord Mary Nash
Dinah Lord Virginia Weidler
Sidney Kidd Henry Daniell

 

Review

Hailed rightly as one of the finest moments of American cinema, The Philadelphia Story was and remains a fast-paced intelligentsia showpiece, so filled with intellectual banter, ingenious metaphors and linguistic swashbuckling that one single viewing won't do it justice. And although these aforementioned qualities may not be immediately associated with 'entertaining' by most people, in the hands of the spirited George Cukor the film comes strangely and uncontainably alive (and stays that way until the very end). It's as if it rises from the remnants of the traditionalistic Hollywood romance films of the 1930s, and takes on a little spite, a great deal of confidence, and a sense of moral ambiguity in the process. Donald Ogden Stewart's script is brilliantly adapted from Phillip Barry's play, but it's equally as much the interplay and unique chemistry between the three lead stars which creates the wonderful effect; Grant's confidence and offish glances, Hepburn's style and progressive feminism, and Stewart's delicate youthful arrogance.

Copyright 31.5.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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