Philadelphia Story

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Original Title: The Philadelphia Story (Keepcase). Actors: Cary Grant - James Stewart - John Howard - Katharine Hepburn - Ruth Hussey. Director: George Cukor. Format: DVD. Format Size: Fullscreen. Runtime: 112 Mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: Unrated. Genre: Romance. Release Year: 1940.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 217465573
UPC 883929152544
UPC 14 00883929152544
Format DVD
Release Date 11/9/2010
Keywords
Classic
Essential Cinema
Love Triangle
Recommended
Reporters
Romance
Stage Play
Editors Note
Note THE PHILADELPHIA STORY boasts an incredible cast, but it's Katharine Hepburn's picture in more ways than one. 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 magazine publisher Sidney Kidd (Henry Daniell), 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, in an Oscar-winning role). However, the reporter is quickly smitten by the bride's charms--and he's not the only one. The film, based on the play by Phillip Barry, was first a Broadway sensation starring Hepburn, who acquired the screen rights, claimed the starring role, and chose the director, screenwriter, and lead cast. In addition to fine work by Grant and Stewart, notable supporting performances are delivered by Ruth Hussey and Virginia Weidler. One of nine films Hepburn made with director George Cukor, it remains one of the classics of their collaboration and of American cinema.
Plot Summary
Summary An outstanding and much-loved version of Philip Barry's smart play in which a wealthy society girl is torn between her millionaire husband-to-be, her dashing ex, and a self-conscious reporter. Stars Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart give fabulous performances in this classic film.
Reviews
Total Film "Stewart won his first Oscar as idealistic hack Macaulay Connor." 03/01/2004 p.5
Los Angeles Times "[A] near-perfect 1940 adaptation of Philip Barry's stage hit, which revved up Hepburn's career." 03/27/2005 p.E13
Uncut "Stewart won an Oscar, as did the screenplay, which crackles." 07/01/2005 p.140,Ranked #12 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "Katharine Hepburn's baby. The play was written for her, and she picked the director, George Cukor, and her co-star..." 01/01/2006 p.84-85
Directors
George Cukor
Actors
Katharine Hepburn
James Stewart
Cary Grant
Cast & Crew
John Halliday - Star
Katharine Hepburn - Star
John Howard - Star
Roland Young - Star
Virginia Weidler - Star
James Stewart - Star
Rex Evans - Star
Henry Daniell - Star
Lionel Pape - Star
Ruth Hussey - Star
Cary Grant - Star
Frank Sullivan - Editor
Joseph Ruttenberg - Director of Photography
Adrian - Costume Designer
Philip Barry - Story
Franz Waxman - Composer
Donald Ogden Stewart - Screenwriter
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Producer
George Cukor - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1940
UPC 00883929152544
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color B&W
Awards
Name James Stewart
Award Category Best Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1940
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Donald Ogden Stewart
Award Category Best Adapted Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1940
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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