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Kitty Foyle (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 27 December 1940 (USA)
A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.

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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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After Ginger Rogers' Oscar win for this film, she returned to RKO and was greeted by staffers and actors in top hats and tails. See more »

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When Kitty and Wyn are in a speakeasy, the 1932 election returns are being broadcast over the radio. The announcer says that FDR has won Pennsylvania. Hoover won Pennsylvania in 1932. See more »

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Kitty Foyle: Wyn darling? We are happy now, aren't we? I mean here this minute?
Wyn Strafford: Of course we are.
Kitty Foyle: But do you know why?
Wyn Strafford: Because we love each other, because we're together.
Kitty Foyle: No that's not it. It's because we're not in Philadelphia.
Wyn Strafford: Honey, this is no time for joking.
Kitty Foyle: In New York we're happy. At Pocono we're happy. And Seattle, New Orleans and Dallas, Texas we could be happy. But not in Philadelphia. Everywhere else we're just two people in love, a tall good-natured guy and a sassy Mick, minding our own business...
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I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by William Dillon (as Will Dillon)
Played and sung in the first prologue scene Strummed on a banjo by Tyler Brooke
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11 January 1999 | by 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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