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Christopher Strong (1933)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 31 March 1933 (USA)
A famous female flier and a member of Parliament drift into a potentially disastrous affair.

Director:

Dorothy Arzner

Writers:

Zoe Akins (screen play), Gilbert Frankau (from the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Lady Cynthia Darrington
Colin Clive ... Sir Christopher Strong
Billie Burke ... Lady Strong
Helen Chandler ... Monica Strong
Ralph Forbes ... Harry Rawlinson
Irene Browne ... Carrie Valentine
Jack La Rue ... Carlo
Desmond Roberts ... Bryce Mercer
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Storyline

At a party for Bright Young Things, a "treasure hunt" for attractive yet virtuous people nets Sir Christopher Strong, M.P., and Lady Cynthia Darrington, dashing aviatrix. Their acquaintance is innocent at first; but after he sees her in a spectacular silver moth costume, virtue begins to wane. Against their wills, they are drawn into an affair whose consequences threaten Strong's happy marriage and both their careers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The personal story of a million daughters! See more »


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Release Date:

31 March 1933 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$284,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Katharine Hepburn replaced Ann Harding. See more »

Quotes

Lady Cynthia Darrington: I wouldn't have loved you if you'd been a usual man. And you wouldn't have loved me if I'd been a woman who didn't take this kind of thing seriously.
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El Capitan
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A little gem in Hepburn's career
23 May 2002 | by jrgironesSee all my reviews

It's ironical this film to be titled as the main male character, above all when this raises among film classics for its accurate depiction, not only of the main female one, but also of the female secondary roles. It is probably due to the fact that it is directed by a woman, but the talent of Arzner goes beyond through accurate cinematography and a sense for lyrical melodrama far from the soapy tone of the majority of its contemporaneous. Katharine Hepburn is exulting as the brave woman always a step further its era, here in love for the first time with a married man. Particularly moving is the last sequence, with Hepburn trying to achieve the altitude record with her airplane as she confronts the most relevant facts of her story. A little gem to be discovered.


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