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

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Trivia

"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 6, 1946 with Ginger Rogers reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kitty Foyle: Pop, you might as well try to argue me out of a case of bronchitis. Because I love him.
Tom Foyle: Judas Priest.
Kitty Foyle: You said it.
Tom Foyle: You mean you want to marry him?
Kitty Foyle: Mm-hmm.
Tom Foyle: Has he ever asked you to meet his family?
Kitty Foyle: Well, I've never worried much about his family because I've always had a funny idea that I'm just as good as they are.
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Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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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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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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