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Kitty Foyle (1940)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  27 December 1940 (USA)
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Kitty Foyle, a hard-working white-collar girl from a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania low, middle-class family, meets and falls in love with young socialite Wyn Strafford but his family is against her.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dennis Morgan ...
Wyn Strafford
James Craig ...
Mark
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Giono (as Edward Ciannelli)
Ernest Cossart ...
Pop
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Mrs. Strafford
Odette Myrtil ...
Delphine Detaille
Mary Treen ...
Pat
K.T. Stevens ...
Molly (as Katharine Stevens)
Walter Kingsford ...
Mr. Kennett
Cecil Cunningham ...
Grandmother
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Aunt Jessica
Edward Fielding ...
Uncle Edgar
Kay Linaker ...
Wyn's Wife
Richard Nichols ...
Wyn's Boy
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Storyline

Kitty Foyle works as secretary to Philadelphia socialite Wynnewood Statfford VI, in his attempt to succeed in establishing a magazine during the depression. They fall in love, and she always thinks he will ask her to marry him. The magazine fails, and she leaves for New York and another job in a department store. There she meets Dr. Mark Eisen who loves her, but Wyn Stafford shows up and asks Kitty to marry him. She initially refuses citing the differences in their social backgrounds. She feels that Philadelphia socialites would never accept her. Wyn agrees to leave behind Philadelphia and move to New York. They are married in New York. Weeks later they go to Philadelphia to let family know about the marriage. The family is overbearing and obnoxious to Kitty. She leaves, and eventually divorces Wyn. Kitty finds she is pregnant, and eventually delivers a still-born. Wyn marries a rich socialite, and by chance, Kitty meets his wife and son. This is difficult because she still loves Wyn.... Written by M&M Newtown CT

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Ginger Rogers was initially reluctant to take on the lead role, as the novel the film was based on contained explicit sexuality and Kitty has an abortion in it. Rogers' mother advised her to wait until she sees a screenplay before making up her mind, pointing out that the production code wouldn't allow most of the material Rogers found objectionable to be seen in films anyway. Sure enough, the adapted screenplay was "clean" enough for Rogers. See more »

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When Tom Foyle's waste basket catches fire Kitty pours whiskey on it to put it out, yet the fire doesn't flare up. See more »

Quotes

Wyn Strafford: Until you can get another job...
Kitty Foyle: What do you mean?
Wyn Strafford: Why don't I just keep you on the payroll? It's no more than fair -
Kitty Foyle: Just a minute, Wyn. You needn't worry about me. I'm free, white and 21... almost. And I'll go on loving you from here on out... or until I stop loving you. But nobody owes a thing to Kitty Foyle, except Kitty Foyle.
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Referenced in Kitty Foiled (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Gschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 (Tales from the Vienna Woods)
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played by the nightclub band
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11 January 1999 | by (Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

A wonderful story of a young woman caught between two worlds, what she wants and what she needs. This has got to be one of the best stories of all time. Ginger Rogers gives an outstanding performance of a young woman from the wrong side of the tracks that stands up to society and makes her way on her own.

It is incredibly forward thinking for the time period and yet it deals with struggles that seem to be timeless.

I give it as many stars as can be given.

Ariana Eirlys


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