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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 P. Powell (novel) (as Richard Powell)
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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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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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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Vaughn's Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »

Goofs

39 minutes into the movie, Tony is walking down the street and passes a Salvation Army Santa Claus who is ringing a bell by his kettle. On top of the kettle stand is a sign with the Salvation Army crest on it. In the next shot, the sign atop the kettle stand is missing. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Judson Lawrence: This isn't very conducive to sensible thinking. I better go back before...
Joan Dickinson: I don't want sensible thinking!
Anthony Judson Lawrence: Neither do I.
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The Kiss Waltz
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Where were these Young Philadelphians?
8 July 2001 | by jlacerraSee all my reviews

I really love this movie. It's one of those that, while not one of my absolute favorites, I can enjoy it every time it comes on. This is in part due to the fact that I was a young Philadephian when it came out. We all aspired to be rich and sophisticated like those in the picture. But for the record, all the folks in Philadelphia high society do not speak with British accents, there actually are Philadelphians who are neither WASPS or brick contractors, and the general population is not enrapt with the daily doings of the "Main Liners".

I'm glad Vaughn got his Oscar for this effort, he deserved it. Billie Burke and Richard Deacon are fun to watch, and Newman performs Tony Lawrence so effortlessly, you can almost overlook how good he is.

A must-see, though slightly dated, minor classic.


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