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Kitty Foyle (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 27 December 1940 (USA)
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A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Christopher Morley (A novel by), Dalton Trumbo (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Rogers ... Kitty Foyle
Dennis Morgan ... Wyn Strafford
James Craig ... Mark Eisen
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Giono (as Edward Ciannelli)
Ernest Cossart ... Tom Foyle
Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Strafford
Odette Myrtil ... Delphine Detaille
Mary Treen ... Pat Day
K.T. Stevens ... Molly (as Katharine Stevens)
Walter Kingsford ... Mr. Kennett
Cecil Cunningham ... Grandmother
Nella Walker ... Aunt Jessica
Edward Fielding ... Uncle Edgar
Kay Linaker ... Veronica Strafford
Richard Nichols ... Wyn Strafford VII
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Storyline

A white collar worker from a blue collar family, Kitty Foyle has spent her so far short adult life in her hometown of Philadelphia or New York City. She has had two serious relationships, one associated with each city and each man with who she falls in love but in vastly different ways. "Philadelphia" is blue blooded Wyn Strafford VI. Wyn hires Kitty to be his secretary, he the editor for his pet project, a magazine, which is funded by family money. Kitty's now deceased father, despite liking Wyn as a person, warned Kitty against falling in love with him, regardless of his outward intentions, as his type always returned to his own kind. If she believes her father, Kitty may come to the realization that if a union with Wyn were to ever happen, it would not only be to him but to his family and their traditions, they who may have some say in the matter. After the magazine folds, it not making any money, Kitty is forced to look for another job, she feeling she would have more ... Written by Huggo

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The natural history of a woman. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kitty Foyle See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Katharine Hepburn was first offered the lead role but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

In the scene of Kitty's first date with Wyn, when she is wondering why he took her up to NYC, instead of somewhere in Philadelphia, she tells him the story about "when I was going to high school in Manatu,Illinois, if a fella wanted to take a girl out and he didn't particularly care about being seen with her, he always took her up to Chicago". Just a few minutes earlier in the film, they show Kitty at 15 years old (high school age) and going out to see the socialites attend the Philadelphia Assembly. The voiceover narration also states early in the film that Grisgom Street in Philadelphia is where "pop brought her up." See more »

Quotes

Wyn Strafford: Until you can get another job...
Kitty Foyle: What do you mean?
Wyn Strafford: Why don't I just keep you on the payroll? It's no more than fair -
Kitty Foyle: Just a minute, Wyn. You needn't worry about me. I'm free, white and 21... almost. And I'll go on loving you from here on out... or until I stop loving you. But nobody owes a thing to Kitty Foyle, except Kitty Foyle.
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Soundtracks

Daisy Bell
(1892) (uncredited)
aka "A Bicycle Built for Two"
Written by Harry Dacre
Played as background music in the prologue
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Great 1940 Classic
9 February 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed this film starring Ginger Rogers, (Katherine "Kitty" Foyle) playing the role of a young girl who works for a magazine in Philadelphia and was hired by a man during the great depression. This man was Wyn Strafford, (Dennis Morgan) who is very good looking and started to fall in love with her. Kitty loses her job and finds other work selling cosmetics and perfumes and this couple do not see each other for over a year until Kitty meets up with Wyn Strafford who comes from a very wealthy family and they get married. Things quickly change in their lives and because Kitty was a girl who came from a rather poor Irish family this created a problem for the stiff shirts of Philadelphia. There are many flashbacks in this story and there is a great deal to this film which will hold your interest right to the very end. Excellent film and a wonderful old film to enjoy with old songs from the past.


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