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The Young Philadelphians (1959)

 -  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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Anthony Judson Lawrence
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Joan Dickinson
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Carol Wharton
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Mike Flanagan
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Kate Judson Lawrence
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Mrs. J. Arthur Allen
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Gilbert Dickinson
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Chester A. Gwynn
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John Marshall Wharton
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Louis Donetti
Robert Douglas ...
Uncle Morton Stearnes
Frank Conroy ...
Doctor Shippen Stearnes
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Bill Lawrence
Anthony Eisley ...
Carter Henry (as Fred Eisley)
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George Archibald
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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 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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39 minutes into the movie, Tony is walking down the street and passes a Salvation Army Santa Claus who is ringing a bell by his kettle. On top of the kettle stand is a sign with the Salvation Army crest on it. In the next shot, the sign atop the kettle stand is missing. See more »

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Anthony Judson Lawrence: I just learned the rules of the game.
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" I guess I'm not as good or as bad as I thought I was "
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Building a Hollywood resume as outstanding as he did, actor Paul Newman selected roles which in one way or another tapped his enormous talent. This movie is a prime example of that legendary persona. The Film is called " The Young Philadelphians " and is the story of Anthony Judson Lawrence (Paul Newman) who is born into an upper social class family. Although raised as an up and coming Laurence, his mother Kate (Diane Brewster) and father (Brian Keith) keep from him a dark family secret which involved his biological father (Adam West). Having graduated from a prestigious Ivy league school, believes he can contribute to his family name. However ambitious he is, there are several outside influences which seek to bar his success. There is a young lady (Joan Dickinson) whom he wishes to marry, but who's father (John Williams) is against it. Then there are the In-laws who believe Lawrence's mother is a disgrace by fathering an illegitimate child. In addition, there are faltering friends like Chester Gwynn (Robert Vaughn) who calls on him when charged with murder. Then there are influential millionaire friends like Mrs. J. Arthur Allen (Billie Burke) who is impressed with Lawrence's ability to succeed when put in real jeopardy. This happens when he is chosen as defense counsel for his friend Chester in a real life drama which endangers his family, his friends and himself if he should fail. All in all, this is one film not to be missed by fans of Paul Newman. The end result is another milestone and a definite Classic for his career. ****


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