A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.
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 ... Written by
The necklace that Dinah says "this stinks" about and later wears to entertain the reporters, is a copy of the necklace from Marie Antoinette's "The Affair of the Necklace". You can see it in Norma Shearer's Marie Antoinette (1938), as well. See more »
When George pays his first call upon the Lord home, he bounds down the "stone" steps, landing very heavily on the bottom one, which makes a hollow wooden noise. See more »
Definitely the greatest romantic comedy of all time The Philadelpha
Story raises the bar in Hollywood movies. The film is set around the
wedding of one of Philadelpha's highest society women (Katherine
Hepburn). Her ex-husband who is expertly played by Cary Grant hears of
this and decides to crash the party. He does this by bringing along two
reporters (James Stewart & Ruth Hussey). They come undercover to get
some behind the scene snapshots of the wedding. Of course the results
of all this is hilarious.
Stewart and Hussey give ground breaking performances as the reporters.
Besides this winning best picture Jimmy Stewart won a well deserved
Oscar for best actor in his role. Of course a great comedy would not be
complete without the beautiful, charming, hilarious, Katherine Hepburn
who never fails to impress. Gave yet another fantastic and
Films like this aren't made nearly as well or even made anymore. All
the more reason to treasure these wonderful works of art and history.
Gerg Cukor does a fine and memorable job in directing but it's the
acting and one of films finest screenplays that blows this film way
ahead of most romantic comedies. It was originally a play by Philip
Barry, and turned into one of the greatest screenplays heard on the
silver screen. The screenplay was done by the masterful Donald Stewart.
As you can see this is film at its very best and is probably never
going to be forgotten.
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