The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

DVD - 2017
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"With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era's most iconic leading lady--thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry stage play The Philadelphia Story, Hepburn acquired the screen rights, handpicking her friend George Cukor to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn, at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic ex-husband (Cary Grant) who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award-winning performance). A fast-talking screwball comedy as well as a a tale of regret and reconciliation, this convergence of golden-age talent is one of the greatest American films of all time"--Container.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Edition: Two-DVD special edition
ISBN: 9781681433738
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (112 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet
4 3/4 in
5.1 Dolby Digital
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Dec 08, 2017

If only TMZ & regular reporters were that chummy with their targets.

NWPL Feb 15, 2017

A great romantic comedy with chemistry sizzling from all the characters.

Aug 12, 2016

The fiery Hepburn, the charming Grant and the absolutely incomparable James Stewart, star in this delightful romantic comedy. I enjoyed it until the end. This set also includes a bonus biography of Hepburn.
These are the types of films one can watch over and over again.

Jun 13, 2016

VERY GOOD 1941 romantic comedy (later remade as 1956's High Society - which I will soon be watching).
This was interesting period piece film about rich Old Philadelphia money/families. And it was my introduction to beautiful actress Ruth Hussey (that I can remember). Her character did a lot of cigarette smoking - kind of a forties thing?
I've been watching quite a few older movies - and checking out the lady fashions, etc. Some of those 40's hats are pretty wild, especially the one worn by main character Hepburn/Tracy's mother Margaret Lord played by Mary Nash - what a brim on that one!
Very well written drama, especially in the ending scene with all five main characters.

Great macting and a good story line. You wouldn't see a good plot like this in today's Hollywood. Cary Grant should not have shoved Kathren Hepburn like that at all in the beginning. Other than that, good movie for learning teenagers.

Apr 10, 2015

This part screw-ball, part high society satire film may be a little too sophisticated for today’s film audiences. James Steward won an Oscar for best actor and Katherine Hepburn was Oscar nominated for best Actress. They are both superb in their performances.

Dec 28, 2013

Released in 1940 - Though I'm far from being a fan of "Screwball" comedy, I found that I actually enjoyed The Philadelphia Story (TPS) for the most part.

Containing plenty of smart, rapid-fire dialogue, TPS was certainly a well-crafted, MGM showpiece, as well as being a pinnacle of 1940's style & glamour.

Regardless of its obvious weaknesses, TPS was clearly something of a triumph in that it had the ability to entertain this jaded viewer without the use of crime & violence as its story's catalyst.

With its distinctive flavor of "high-society" elegance, this film's story concerns the well-deserved comeuppance of the brash & snooty, Tracy Lord, a spoiled, rich, socialite (with plenty of airs) who's soon to become a blushing bride.

Filmed in glossy b&w, TPS was directed by George Cukor. It starred Cary Grant, James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn.

d2013 Dec 05, 2013

Great classic and a great cast.

Red_Sox Feb 17, 2013

Charming Film.

Nov 30, 2012

Honestly, this movie enticed me enough to begin a whole new journey in a realm called "Old movies" ;) It was remarkably amusing and held my attention throughout. If you have time, WATCH IT. If you have more time, WATCH IT AGAIN!!! :D

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Dec 28, 2013

"You'd have to be as rich as the Lord's to live in a dump like this."


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