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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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Director:
Writers:
Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play by)
Philip Barry (based on the play by)
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Release Date:
26 December 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Uncle Leo's bedtime story for you older tots! The things they do among the playful rich - Oh, boy! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Dictating her own comeback See more (176 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Mildred Shay ... Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
Joseph Sweeney ... Butler (uncredited)
Helene Whitney ... Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)

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

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 (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns by)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles by
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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Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #6594) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
When Tracy Lord mentions the Chinese poet who drowned trying to kiss the moon's reflection in a river, she is referring to Li Po (also known as Li Bai) who, according to legend, drowned while reaching from his boat to grab the moon's reflection.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: As Connor and Tracy exit the library, the boom mic is reflected on the windshield of Tracy's car.See more »
Quotes:
Tracy Lord:English history has always facinated me. Cromwell, Robin Hood, Jack the Ripper. Where did he teach? You're father, I mean.See more »
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Soundtrack:
I've Got My Eyes on YouSee more »

FAQ

What song was playing during the ball? It sounds like a Cole Porter tune.
Is this movie based on a novel?
Why is it called "The Philadelphia Story"? What is the reference to Philadelphia?
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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Dictating her own comeback, 12 November 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

After Katharine Hepburn was one of a group of stars dictated "box office poison" by the ruling moguls of Hollywood she went east and scored a complete triumph on stage with The Philadelphia Story. But our Kate was the shrewd one, she had the foresight to buy the film rights from author Philip Barry and peddle them to the studio that would guarantee her repeating her stage role and giving her creative control.

On stage she had co-starred with Joseph Cotten, Van Heflin, and Shirley Booth all of whom became movie names later on, but meant nothing to Hollywood in 1940. She had the choice of leading men and cast in their places, Cary Grant, James Stewart and Ruth Hussey.

This was Grant's fourth and final appearance on screen with Hepburn. It's a typical Cary Grant part, witty and urbane, with a touch of the rogue in him. He's Hepburn's ex-husband, still very much in love with his ex-wife, but she's marrying stuffed shirt John Howard.

Reporter James Stewart and photographer Ruth Hussey are covering Hepburn's wedding for Spy Magazine, the National Enquirer of the day. Through a little judicious blackmail they're invited to this premier society wedding, but both feel out of place and used.

After The Philadelphia Story, Katharine Hepburn was a movie name the rest of her long life. Even with an occasional clinker no one ever questioned her about being box office poison.

James Stewart won the Best Actor Oscar in probably the most romantic he was ever on the screen. A lot felt it was a consolation Oscar for not winning it for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in 1939. Stewart himself proclaimed to all who'd listen that he voted for good friend Henry Fonda in the Academy Sweepstakes for The Grapes of Wrath. I've always felt that when Stewart talked about those hearth fires banked down low to Hepburn, he was really talking about himself. He's a cynical fellow at first and his romantic side comes as a surprise to him more than even the audience.

The Philadelphia Story has become such a classic that even the musical remake High Society doesn't try to copy it, it just presents a softer musical alternative. But I'd kind of liked to have seen Hepburn do this with her original cast as well. Oscars were in the future for Van Heflin and Shirley Booth and Joseph Cotten the following year made his debut in the biggest film of all.

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