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The Young Philadelphians (1959)

Approved | | Drama | 30 May 1959 (USA)
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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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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John Marshall Wharton
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Louis Donetti
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Uncle Morton Stearnes
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Doctor Shippen Stearnes
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Bill Lawrence
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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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The First Presbyterian Church, Glendale, California, shown in the opening scene was destroyed in the 1971 San Fernando earthquake. See more »

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When Tony is trying to talk Carol into going back to her own bedroom as he leaves his bed to hold her, he calls her Joan. See more »

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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.
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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The Kiss Waltz
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Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played on piano at the Dickinson party
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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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