The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

George Cukor (1940)

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Fans of the musical remake High Society who haven't seen this classic, all-talking, no-dancing original might wish to remedy that. In order to reverse her reputation as "box-office poison" Katharine Hepburn shrewdly bought the rights to the Broadway play (written for her by Philip Barry) in which she had been a hit. With old pal George Cukor as director and a hand-picked cast, this film was a success. In it, her society girl is engaged to John Howard's executive dullard; her ex-husband Cary Grant turns up with information about an imminent press scandal, while a rival publication's reporter (James Stewart) finds his class-war cynicism melting away as he falls for Hepburn. There's more to it than that, but just sit back and enjoy romantic comedy at its most sublime.


A wealthy socialite prepares to marry an influential businessman and politician. However, her plans for the big day are disrupted by the attendance of her irresponsible ex-husband and a cynical tabloid reporter looking for a big story. Romantic comedy based on Philip Barry's stage play, starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart.

Cast & Crew

CK Dexter Haven Cary Grant
Tracy Samantha Lord Katharine Hepburn
Macaulay "Mike" Connor James Stewart
Elizabeth Imbrie Ruth Hussey
George Kittredge John Howard (1)
Uncle Willie Roland Young
Seth Lord John Halliday
Margaret Lord Mary Nash
Dinah Lord Virginia Weidler
Sidney Kidd Henry Daniell
Edward Lionel Pape
Thomas Rex Evans
Director George Cukor
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Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFI FilmsAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Feb 2015
Comedy Drama