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Kitty Foyle -- Ginger Rogers, 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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Director:
Writers:
Christopher Morley (A novel by)
Dalton Trumbo (screen play)
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Release Date:
27 December 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The natural history of a woman. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another Philadelphia Story See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ginger Rogers ... Kitty Foyle
Dennis Morgan ... Wyn Strafford
James Craig ... Mark
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Giono (as Edward Ciannelli)
Ernest Cossart ... Pop

Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Strafford
Odette Myrtil ... Delphine Detaille
Mary Treen ... Pat
K.T. Stevens ... Molly (as Katharine Stevens)
Walter Kingsford ... Mr. Kennett
Cecil Cunningham ... Grandmother

Nella Walker ... Aunt Jessica
Edward Fielding ... Uncle Edgar
Kay Linaker ... Wyn's Wife
Richard Nichols ... Wyn's Boy
Florence Bates ... Customer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Spencer Charters ... Father (scenes deleted)
Fred Aldrich ... Man at Premiere / Policeman (uncredited)
Heather Angel ... Wife in Prologue (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ... Tenement Woman (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Speakeasy Patron - 100% American (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Nightclub Waiter #1 (uncredited)
May Boley ... Fainting Customer (uncredited)
Tyler Brooke ... Husband in Prologue (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Julie Carter ... Second Girl in Elevator (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Patricia Conway ... Infant Baby (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Speakeasy Waiter (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Clerk at Delphine's (uncredited)
Max Davidson ... Flower Man (uncredited)
Mimi Doyle ... Jane (uncredited)
Aaron Edwards ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Elmer ... Neway (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Harrison - Strafford's Butler (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Renee Godfrey ... Shopgirl in Elevator (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... First Charwoman (uncredited)
Fay Helm ... Prim Girl (uncredited)
Tom Herbert ... Nightclub Waiter #2 (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Drunk (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... First New York Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Speakeasy Doorman (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Helen Lynd ... Girl in Elevator (uncredited)
Patricia Maier ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bertram Marburgh ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Edward McNamara ... Tim - Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Tony Merlo ... Speakeasy Waiter (uncredited)
Frank Milan ... Parry - Office Worker (uncredited)
Charles Miller ... Doctor (uncredited)
Anna Mills ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Gerda Mora ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Speakeasy Waiter (uncredited)
Hattie Noel ... Myrtle - Black Woman (uncredited)
Rosa Palmese ... Flower Woman (uncredited)
Jane Patten ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Nurse (uncredited)
Charles Quigley ... Bill - Office Worker (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Speakeasy / Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Bill Ramsay ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Mel Ruick ... Bandleader and Violinist (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Trumpeter (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Man at Premiere (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Clarinet Player (uncredited)
Gohr Van Vleck ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mary - Second Charwoman (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Pianist (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead ... Porter (uncredited)
Jan Wiley ... Miss Bala - Office Worker (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Wood 
 
Writing credits
Christopher Morley (A novel by)

Dalton Trumbo (screen play)

Donald Ogden Stewart (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Harry E. Edington .... executive producer
David Hempstead .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (director of photography) (as Robert de Grasse)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Berman (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mark-Lee Kirk .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Ardrey .... treatment (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Dr. Mark Eisen:You know the first thing I thought of when I saw you this afternoon?
Kitty Foyle:Yes.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Trumbo (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)See more »

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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Another Philadelphia Story, 10 September 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This must have been the year for the City of Brotherly Love. James Stewart wins his Academy Award for The Philadelphia Story and Ginger Rogers who he was going out with at some point, wins Best Actress for Kitty Foyle, a film also set in Philadelphia. Too bad neither the Athletics or the Phillies won the World Series that year, but neither of them came close.

Although Stage Door more than amply demonstrated Ginger Rogers's abilities at serious drama, this particular film cemented her as dramatic actress. Most of Ginger's films up to this point had been musicals, mostly with Fred Astaire. After Kitty Foyle she rarely did any musicals.

The story is told in flashback after Ginger engages in some dialog with her alter ego in the mirror. That one in the mirror is usually the one person you cannot fool. So the ego narrates the ups and downs of the life of Kitty Foyle.

Ginger's a working class Irish lass whose got two men going for her big time, young earnest doctor James Craig, and mainline millionaire heir Dennis Morgan. Morgan's family name is Stratton and no doubt the Strattons socialized with the Lords of The Philadelphia Story. But they're definitely not as fun a group.

Ginger's alter ego narration and her scene upon being told she suffered a miscarriage probably are what won her the Academy Award. She's very effective in those scenes and in her scene where her father, Ernest Cossart dies.

Kitty Foyle is good soap opera material, I'm surprised it's characters weren't used in one. It still holds up well after over 60 years.

As well as that other Philadelphia Story.

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