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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
Diane Brewster ...
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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30 May 1959 (USA)  »

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At 2:04:54, the butler's hand is on the rail, but he is then seen placing his hand on the rail. See more »

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Anthony Judson Lawrence: I just learned the rules of the game.
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Luminous drama; vastly underrated
6 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has commonly been said that full-fledged soap opera can never be a real work of art, but this excellent film proves to be a glorious exception to that rule. Director Vincent Sherman's luminous film adaptation of author Richard Powell's best-seller THE PHILADELPHIANS manages to tell the story of at least two generations in a single picture without ever feeling cramped, forced, or haphazard. The film's story line that begins as a romance, evolves into an underdog business story, and ends as a courtroom drama, and Sherman impressively manages to take all of these various story threads and create a completely coherent motion picture that never feels disjointed or episodic. Sherman also keeps things movie at a remarkably brisk pace – the film never feels even half as long as it's 136-minute runtime.

The entire cast turns in superlative work, with Newman being particular well-suited to his role as a good-natured-but-flawed lawyer (he would return to this type of role with even better results in the 1982 classic THE VERDICT). Barbara Rush, Brian Keith, Dianne Brewster, Billie Burke, and Robert Vaughn are all excellent, and Alexis Smith is particularly memorable as sexy socialite. Speaking of sex, the film retains a surprisingly sensual aura throughout, which helps to keep it from aging for modern audiences. Inexplicably forgotten by many classic film fans, THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS is a moving, compelling motion picture that holds up remarkably well nearly fifty years after it's original release.


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