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The Young Philadelphians (1959)

Approved | | Drama | 30 May 1959 (USA)
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Up and coming, young lawyer Anthony Lawrence faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder. His personal and professional skills are tested as he ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Joan Dickinson
Carol Wharton
Mike Flanagan
Diane Brewster ...
Kate Judson Lawrence
Mrs. J. Arthur Allen
Gilbert Dickinson
Chester A. Gwynn
John Marshall Wharton
Louis Donetti
Uncle Morton Stearnes
Frank Conroy ...
Doctor Shippen Stearnes
Bill Lawrence
Carter Henry (as Fred Eisley)
George Archibald


Up and coming, young lawyer Anthony Lawrence faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder. His personal and professional skills are tested as he tries to balance the needs of his fiance Joan, the expectations of his colleagues and his own obligation to defend his friend Chester on a murder count. Written by Mike Welsch <mike.welsch@bull.com>

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Guilty secrets. Shocking scandals. All in a day's work for on Philadelphian lawyer.




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30 May 1959 (USA)  »

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The Philadelphian  »

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According to the author of the book "The Philadelphian", Richard Powell, the cross examination of the butler and the sniff test of different kinds of alcoholic spirits was based on a real court case. See more »


At 1:29:12, the way that Tony holds the phone changes. See more »


[At Chet Gwynn's murder trial, Anthony Lawrence sets up a demonstration to test butler George Archibald's ability to name a type of liquor by smelling it]
George Archibald: [Sniffing a glass] It is Royal Tartan Scotch. Unmistakable. Rich heavy bouquet with a definite aroma of peat smoke.
Anthony Judson Lawrence: [Hands him another glass] Now, the third glass.
George Archibald: This is water, sir. There is no smell, except perhaps for a faint touch of chlorine, which the city puts in its drinking water. I trust you weren't trying to trick me into identifying...
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When Irish I eyes Are Smiling
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
sung by Brian Keith and unidentified actress
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Absolutely agree: Vaughn's performance a show-stopper.
23 September 1999 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Absolutely agree about the high quality of Oscar-nominee Robert Vaughn's performance. It must be his finest movie moment. And Barbara Rush does herself proud, too. Film's reality holds up even 40 years later; one of the era's more credible dramatizations.

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