Saturday Matinee – The Philadelphia Story

Got your popcorn?  I do have to apologise, many of the clips could not be embedded and must be clicked on to watch.  Hope it’s not too much of a distraction.

Continuing on with Katharine Hepburn… another classic.    The Philadelphia Story was written for her by Philip Barry as a stage play.  It was a big success, and was brought to the screen in 1940.  Kate chose the director George Cukor and her co-stars Cary Grant and James Stewart.  I love the snappy, witty dialogue, there are so many wonderful one-liners in this film, from every character.

Kate’s character Tracy is a high-society socialite about to remarry,   when her first husband (Grant) shows up with a couple of reporters (Stewart and Ruth Hussey) pretending to be friends of  Tracy’s brother.  The family discovers the deception, but allows them to stay in order to avoid a scandal about Tracy’s father being published.  The next 24 hours are filled with craziness and rapidly changing relationships.  Tracy and her little sister decide to put on a show for the reporters (who don’t know that their  secret is out).

Tracy also turns the tables on them, interviewing them instead…

Tracy and ex-hubby finally get to have it out…

One of the best things in this movie is the interaction between the two leading men – they were both perfect, and the scenes between them were masterpieces of humour and timing – they played off of each other like the pros they were (although Hepburn outshone them in every scene she was in).  This is the beginning of one long scene between the two men.

And later in the scene

And the following day:

One of the best scenes is James Stewart crooning to Hepburn.  He truly deserved the best actor Oscar he won for this role.

Kate’s character at the beginning of the film is a haughty  and somewhat bitter woman – but as she learns truths about herself through the film she is quite changed at the end.  And needs to make new choices.

Have a good week.


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