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The Philadelphia Story Poster
Released Runtime Category
1940 113 Romance, Comedy, The Essentials
Director Language
George Cukor English
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, John Howard, Ruth Hussey

The Philadelphia Story

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What's it About

Haughty Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn) is engaged to marry self-made, upstanding George Kittredge (Howard) after divorcing her wealthy, careless first spouse, C.K. Dexter-Haven (Grant). C.K shows up for the event with no hard feelings, along with society reporter (and frustrated novelist) Macaulay "Mike" Connor (Stewart) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Hussey). What transpires next is a peerless comedy of errors, where, thankfully, everything comes out right in the end.

Why we love it

George Cukor's pitch-perfect adaptation of Philip Barry's hit play marked a triumphant Hollywood comeback for Kate (having earlier been labeled box-office poison by exhibitors), and an Oscar-winning vehicle for up-and-coming star James Stewart, wonderful as a fish out of water in high society. Though overlooked by the Academy, Grant is every bit as good as the raffish C.K., while Hepburn shines in what may be her signature role. Don't miss Roland Young's hilarious turn as naughty Uncle Willie. Sly and sophisticated, this title stands as one of our finest screen comedies. 

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