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The Young Philadelphians (1959)

Approved | | Drama | 30 May 1959 (USA)
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A promising lawyer tries to handle his social and professional problems while climbing the ranks in Philadelphia.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

James Gunn (screenplay), Richard Powell (novel)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Anthony Judson Lawrence
Barbara Rush ... Joan Dickinson
Alexis Smith ... Carol Wharton
Brian Keith ... Mike Flanagan
Diane Brewster ... Kate Judson Lawrence
Billie Burke ... Mrs. J. Arthur Allen
John Williams ... Gilbert Dickinson
Robert Vaughn ... Chester A. Gwynn
Otto Kruger ... John Marshall Wharton
Paul Picerni ... Louis Donetti
Robert Douglas ... Uncle Morton Stearnes
Frank Conroy ... Doctor Shippen Stearnes
Adam West ... Bill Lawrence
Anthony Eisley ... Carter Henry (as Fred Eisley)
Richard Deacon ... George Archibald
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Philadelphian See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Diane Brewster, who plays Paul Newman's mother, is actually six years younger than Newman. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Joan Dickinson: At least you have someplace to go.
Anthony Judson Lawrence: Haven't you?
Joan Dickinson: Are you kidding? I have no talents. Nothing. I was very well educated to be an idiot. And I was a very good student.
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Soundtracks

When Irish I eyes Are Smiling
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Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
sung by Brian Keith and unidentified actress
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melodramatics in and out of court
17 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

This unbelievable (but no less enjoyable) legal soap opera comes complete with dark family secrets, coincidental encounters, tragic misunderstandings, and a courtroom finish Hitchcock might have loved, in which the fate of a man perhaps wrongly charged with murder waits to be decided by a butler's sense of smell. Paul Newman stars as a young lawyer rising through Philadelphia society using his wits, his charm, and a few unscrupulous tactics never taught in law school, and Barbara Rush is the hot-and-cold love interest. But Robert Vaughn steals the film playing an unfortunate friend who, in less than two hours of screen time, descends from an amiable barfly to a crippled war veteran to a skid row derelict facing the electric chair.


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