Friday, July 23, 2010
Classic Hollywood Reviews: The Philadelphia Story
The Philadelphia Story is a classic. What you're not surprised?
Seriously this is one that you have to watch. Cary Grant. Katherine Hepburn. and Jimmy Stewart. Need I say more? And Jimmy Stewart won the Oscar for Best Actor. It also won Best Screenplay. (There is a remake with Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra, but I still prefer the original -- though the new one has a couple songs.)
Cary Grant's character (Dexter Haven) and Katherine Hepburn (Tracy Lord) were married. And two years later, Tracy's about to get remarried when Dexter and a couple reporters show up (one of whom is Jimmy Stewart's Macaulay Connor). The fun begins. There are parties. There's a dad who's not a dad. And an uncle who finds himself impersonating. And Tracy and her younger sister are a hoot.
It's a classic romantic comedy. One well worth seeing. And if you're still not sure, check out the movie clips on TCM.
And a fun trivia note: Katherine Hepburn starred in the play, and later owned the rights to the screenplay after Howard Hughes bought them for her.