The Philadelphia Story

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Dir. George Cukor

USA 1941 | Black & white | 112 mins | Cert U | Comedy | Hollywood Classics

Cast: With Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart

Cukor’s classic about a society wedding threatened by scandal is a highpoint of sophisticated Hollywood comedy.

Adapted from Philip Barry’s stage play, the film boasts peak-form performances throughout. Having divorced her irresponsible millionaire husband (Grant), the aptly named Tracy Lord (Hepburn) is about to wed a dull but dependable fellow. However, any hopes of privacy at the wedding of the year are dashed by the arrival not only of her reluctant ex but of a pair of journalists (Stewart and Hussey) sniffing for scoop. The rest of the Lord family don’t help much either, for that matter. Donald Ogden Stewart’s script sparkles with wit and pithy social comment, while the moonlit amorous shenanigans fizz with an memorably woozy eroticism. - Geoff Andrew

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