Wednesday, March 10, 2010
#147 The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Director: George Cuckor
Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young
A remarkable comedic romance starring Katharine Hepburn as Tracy, an elegant upper-class woman engaged to be married for the second time in her life. This time, she's engaged to someone of a lower class, and as her wedding approaches, people come out of the woodworks to make things difficult for her. Despite her successful efforts to keep her socialite life incredibly private in her first marriage, reporters have found their way into her wedding (Jimmy Stewart and Ruth Hussey) thanks to her suave and good-humored ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant). Thus begins the two-hour comedy of Hepburn juggling her guests, performing for the reporters, handling her ex, and all the while trying to save face.
The story is unexpected in parts, and on the whole, incredibly funny. I am always so pleased when classic films manage to crack me up, as so often I find the humor to be wrung out through long dialogue. This movie was a great exception, as it had me laughing almost the whole time.
Superbly pleasant and another one of my favorites so far in this project. Yes yes yes. More please!