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The Philadelphia Story -- Katharine Hepburn is the snooty daughter of a wealthy family and about to marry for the second time. In walks her cunning ex-husband Cary Grant with tabloid reporter James Stewart in tow.
The Philadelphia Story -- When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.


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Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play)
Philip Barry (based on the play by)
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Release Date:
26 December 1940 (USA) See more »
Uncle Leo's bedtime story for you older tots! The things they do among the playful rich - Oh, boy! See more »
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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The most sophisticated comedy ever! See more (178 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... C. K. Dexter Haven

Katharine Hepburn ... Tracy Lord

James Stewart ... Macaulay Connor

Ruth Hussey ... Elizabeth Imbrie

John Howard ... George Kittredge

Roland Young ... Uncle Willie

John Halliday ... Seth Lord

Mary Nash ... Margaret Lord

Virginia Weidler ... Dinah Lord

Henry Daniell ... Sidney Kidd
Lionel Pape ... Edward
Rex Evans ... Thomas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
King Baggot ... Extra as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Hillary Brooke ... Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
Veda Buckland ... Elsie (uncredited)

Lita Chevret ... Manicurist (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... John - Chauffeur (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Mac (uncredited)
Robert De Bruce ... Dr. Parsons (uncredited)
Dorothy Fay ... Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
Claude King ... Uncle Willie's Butler (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Extra as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Florine McKinney ... Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bartender (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Librarian (uncredited)
Helene Reynolds ... Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
Mildred Shay ... Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
Joseph Sweeney ... Butler (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
Writing credits
Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play)

Philip Barry (based on the play by)

Waldo Salt  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz .... producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (musical score)
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Keith Weeks .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Woehler .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Wade B. Rubottom .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Tom Gunn .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S (1986) | Finland:K-16 (1942) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1947) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) (2005) | Sweden:15 | Sweden:Btl (re-rating) (1966) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (1998) (2014) | UK:U (video rating) (1993) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #6594) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Katharine Hepburn starred in the Broadway production of the play on which this film was based and owned the film rights to the material; they were purchased for her by billionaire Howard Hughes, then given to her as a gift.See more »
Boom mic visible: As Connor and Tracy exit the library, the boom mic is reflected on the windshield of Tracy's car.See more »
Macaulay Connor:[drunk, to driver] Well, this is where Cinderella gets off, now you hurry back to the ball before you turn into a pumpkin and six white mice, goodbye.See more »
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What song was playing during the ball? It sounds like a Cole Porter tune.
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52 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
The most sophisticated comedy ever!, 2 November 1999
Author: Jo-77 from Sydney

Firstly, let me say, that I love Kate Hepburn. She's my favourite actress, and in my opinion, she can do no wrong. For this reason, I'd probably give a good rating to every movie she made.

But 'The Philadelphia Story' really does deserve wonderful praise. It's by far the most sophisticated, and in my opinion, the greatest comedy ever made, one of Kate's greatest roles. She's absolutely hilarious as Tracy Lord, bringing perfection to the role she created on the stage a year before the film, mocking, insulting and making fun out of Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant.

Her drunken scene with Stewart is pure magic and her mockery of him ('dear professor') is wonderful.

Grant and Stewart are fabulous, Stewart as the rough and tumble reporter infatuated with Tracy and Grant as the neglected ex- husband.

Ruth Hussey and Virginia Weidler are fantastic in supporting roles, and really add to the hilarity of the whole picture.

A funny, bouyant ride through the 1940's- I completely recommend it!

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