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The Philadelphia Story ()


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When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

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C. K. Dexter Haven
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Tracy Lord
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Macaulay Connor
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Elizabeth Imbrie
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George Kittredge
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Uncle Willie
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Seth Lord
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Margaret Lord
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Dinah Lord
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Sidney Kidd
Lionel Pape ...
Edward
Rex Evans ...
Thomas
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
Veda Buckland ...
Elsie (uncredited)
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Manicurist (uncredited)
Russ Clark ...
John - Chauffeur (uncredited)
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Mac (uncredited)
Robert De Bruce ...
Dr. Parsons (uncredited)
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Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
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Uncle Willie's Butler (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Bartender (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ...
Librarian (uncredited)
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Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
Mildred Shay ...
Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
Joseph Sweeney ...
Butler (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Cukor

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Donald Ogden Stewart ... (screen play)
 
Philip Barry ... (based on the play by)
 
Waldo Salt ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz ... producer

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Franz Waxman ... (musical score)

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Joseph Ruttenberg ... director of photography

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Frank Sullivan

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Cedric Gibbons

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Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

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Adrian ... (gowns)

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
Jack Dawn ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Keith Weeks ... production manager (uncredited)

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Edward Woehler ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Wade B. Rubottom ... associate art director
Clarence J. Falk ... greens supervisor (uncredited)

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
Tom Gunn ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Leo Arnaud ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Philadelphia socialites Tracy Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven married impulsively, with their marriage and subsequent divorce being equally passionate. They broke up when Dexter's drinking became excessive, it a mechanism to cope with Tracy's unforgiving manner to the imperfect, imperfections which Dexter admits he readily has. Two years after their break-up, Tracy is about to remarry, the ceremony to take place at the Lord mansion. Tracy's bridegroom is nouveau riche businessman and aspiring politician George Kittredge, who is otherwise a rather ordinary man and who idolizes Tracy. The day before the wedding, three unexpected guests show up at the Lord mansion: Macaulay Connor (Mike to his friends), Elizabeth Imbrie - the two who are friends of Tracy's absent brother, Junius- and Dexter himself. Dexter, an employee of the tabloid Spy magazine, made a deal with its publisher and editor Sidney Kidd to get a story on Tracy's wedding - the wedding of the year - in return for Kidd not publishing a salacious story with accompanying photographs of Tracy's father, Seth Lord, with a New York showgirl named Tina Marra. In reality, Mike and Liz are the reporter and photographer respectively for Spy. Mike and Liz don't particularly like this assignment or working for Kidd, but they need to make a living as their chosen other fields as serious writer and painter don't pay the bills. A suspicious Tracy is onto them, the entire truth which Dexter admits to her. Tracy decides to turn the tables on Mike and Liz. However, hours before the wedding, as the more self-assured Dexter and Liz get to work on how to get the Lords out from under Spy's threats, Tracy and Mike, both inebriated, go on a journey of self-discovery with Tracy ultimately coming to her realizations a little faster than Mike. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Uncle Leo's bedtime story for you older tots! The things they do among the playful rich - Oh, boy! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Indiscrétions (France)
  • Die Nacht vor der Hochzeit (Germany)
  • Històries de Filadèlfia (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Historias de Filadelfia (Spain)
  • De bronzen godin (Netherlands)
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  • 112 min
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Trivia The film was shot in eight weeks, and required no retakes. During the scene where James Stewart hiccups when drunk, you can see Cary Grant looking down and grinning. Since the hiccup wasn't scripted, Grant was on the verge of breaking out laughing and had to compose himself quickly. Stewart (apparently spontaneously) thought of hiccuping in the drunk scene, without telling Grant. When he began hiccuping, Grant turned to Stewart saying, "Excuse me." The scene required only one take. See more »
Goofs In the closing scene, a miscue by Grant and possible one by Hepburn, come off OK. Tracy opens a side door to announce to the guests that she and her fiancé "that was" have decided to call it a day. Dexter is standing behind her, and she says, "uh ... Dexter, what next?" He says "Three (sic) years ago I did you out of a wedding in this house by eloping to Maryland." She says to the guests, "Two years ago, uh, you were invited ..." She corrected the number of years which Grant clearly states wrongly - three, to two, but in catching and correcting his error, she got the rest of the line wrong. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972). See more »
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Quotes Tracy Lord: The time to make up your mind about people is never.
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