The Philadelphia Story

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  • Genre(s): Comedy Romance
  • Release year: 1940
  • Running time: 113 min
With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady—thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry stage play... read more
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With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady—thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry stage play The Philadelphia Story, Hepburn acquired the screen rights, handpicking her friend George Cukor to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn, at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic ex-husband (Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award–winning performance). A fast-talking screwball comedy as well as a tale of regret and reconciliation, this convergence of golden-age talent is one of the greatest American films of all time.

Original Release

12/23/1940

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Cast

Cary Grant C. K. Dexter Haven
Katharine Hepburn Tracy Lord
James Stewart Macaulay Connor
Ruth Hussey Elizabeth Imbrie
Roland Young Uncle Willie
Henry Daniell Sidney Kidd
Mary Nash Margaret Lord
John Halliday Seth Lord
Virginia Weidler Dinah Lord
Rex Evans Thomas
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Directors

George Cukor

Writers

Donald Ogden Stewart, Philip Barry, Waldo Salt

Cast

Cary Grant C. K. Dexter Haven
Katharine Hepburn Tracy Lord
James Stewart Macaulay Connor
Ruth Hussey Elizabeth Imbrie
Roland Young Uncle Willie
Henry Daniell Sidney Kidd
Mary Nash Margaret Lord
John Halliday Seth Lord
Virginia Weidler Dinah Lord
Rex Evans Thomas
Lionel Pape Edward
John Howard George Kittredge
King Baggot Wedding Guest
Hillary Brooke Main Line Society Woman
Veda Buckland Elsie
Lita Chevret Manicurist
Russ Clark John - Chauffeur
David Clyde Mac
Robert De Bruce Dr. Parsons
Dorothy Fay Main Line Society Woman

Producers

Editors

Frank Sullivan

1941 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1941 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
1941 Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1941 Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1941 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1941 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Won
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