Kitty Foyle (1940)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Wyn Strafford
Mark Eisen
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Giono (as Edward Ciannelli)
Ernest Cossart ...
Tom Foyle
Mrs. Strafford
Odette Myrtil ...
Delphine Detaille
Mary Treen ...
Pat Day
K.T. Stevens ...
Molly (as Katharine Stevens)
Walter Kingsford ...
Mr. Kennett
Cecil Cunningham ...
Aunt Jessica
Edward Fielding ...
Uncle Edgar
Kay Linaker ...
Veronica Strafford
Richard Nichols ...
Wyn Strafford VII


A white collar worker from a blue collar family, Kitty Foyle has spent her so far short adult life in her hometown of Philadelphia or New York City. She has had two serious relationships, one associated with each city and each man with who she falls in love but in vastly different ways. "Philadelphia" is blue blooded Wyn Strafford VI. Wyn hires Kitty to be his secretary, he the editor for his pet project, a magazine, which is funded by family money. Kitty's now deceased father, despite liking Wyn as a person, warned Kitty against falling in love with him, regardless of his outward intentions, as his type always returned to his own kind. If she believes her father, Kitty may come to the realization that if a union with Wyn were to ever happen, it would not only be to him but to his family and their traditions, they who may have some say in the matter. After the magazine folds, it not making any money, Kitty is forced to look for another job, she feeling she would have more ... Written by Huggo

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The most daring novel ever written by a man about a woman! See more »


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27 December 1940 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The dress that Ginger Rogers wore to that year's Academy Awards caused quite stir. Its lingerie-style top was deemed to be very racy for the day. See more »


In the scene of Kitty's first date with Wyn, when she is wondering why he took her up to NYC, instead of somewhere in Philadelphia, she tells him the story about "when I was going to high school in Manatu,Illinois, if a fella wanted to take a girl out and he didn't particularly care about being seen with her, he always took her up to Chicago". Just a few minutes earlier in the film, they show Kitty at 15 years old (high school age) and going out to see the socialites attend the Philadelphia Assembly. The voiceover narration also states early in the film that Grisgom Street in Philadelphia is where "pop brought her up." See more »


Tom Foyle: From now on, you're going to Sunday School every Sunday. Rain or shine, you're going.
Kitty Foyle: But why, Pop?
Tom Foyle: Well, it'll be giving you a little Christian upbringing. A sense of values.
Kitty Foyle: Oh. And then you mean I won't ever sin or anything.
Tom Foyle: Well, it might not keep you from sinning, but by Judas Priest, it'll keep you from getting any fun out of it.
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Referenced in Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist (1987) See more »


I'll See You in My Dreams
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Played on the radio at the speakeasy
Reprised by the band at the nightclub
Danced to by Ginger Rogers and Dennis Morgan
Played as background music often
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23 November 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Story of a working girl stuck on two different suitors, one with old-generation money and the other no less than a doctor, comes dangerously close to being a mawkish soap opera, but firm handling by director Sam Wood and an Oscar-winning performance by Ginger Rogers in the lead ultimately make the picture work. Wood's attempts to show the various roles women have played throughout the years are weakly-handled, and the shapeless script seems intent on making the same points over and over again, but there several funny, cynical sequences and some sharp dialogue. Rogers hits a few wrong notes, but her energy and enthusiasm are unmistakable. **1/2 from ****

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