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The Young Philadelphians (1959)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Judson Lawrence
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
Robert Douglas ...
Uncle Morton Stearnes
Frank Conroy ...
Doctor Shippen Stearnes
Bill Lawrence
Anthony Eisley ...
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 <>

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




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Release Date:

30 May 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Philadelphian  »

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[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.
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Out-Dated, But Great Rainy Night Entertainment
27 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Young Philadelpians which was made in 1959 is tame by today's standards; out-dated for sure. Yet, when it was made it was not only controversial, but very daring for it's time; dealing with homosexuality, child-birth out of wed-lock, mental illness, adultery, suicide and alcohol abuse.

Paul Newman was out-standing in the role of Anthony Judson Lawrence, a career driven lawyer, whose mother is hiding a deep dark secret. Newman is at his physical prime; handsome and lean. Everyone in this classic black and white soap opera was great. Just a really entertaining rainy night movie.

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