The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

DVD - 2000 | Standard version
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A sophisticated romantic comedy about a rich, spoiled socialite who learns some things about who she is and what she really wants on the eve of her second marriage.
Publisher: Burbank, CA. : Turner Entertainment : Warner Home Video, 2000
Edition: Standard version
ISBN: 9780790744179
0790744171
9780780664180
0780664183
Branch Call Number: DVD PHILADELPHIA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in

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CPLSecondHome
Aug 01, 2020

A great movie, loads of fun, intelligent, upbeat, funny, serious, good character, good morals, a very mannerly love triangle among mature adults. I love this movie so much I bought it on Amazon!

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CurlyWhirly
Jul 16, 2019

If you like watching screwball comedies from Hollywood's heyday, then, "The Philadelphia Story" is sure to keep you thoroughly entertained from start to finish.

Featuring a good cast and an entertaining story-line - This 1939 Rom/Com is certainly one of the better films of that genre.

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Janice21383
Feb 23, 2019

The screwball comedy that screwball comedy haters often like, usually because the heroine gets her comeuppance. Look at her: a beautiful, intelligent, independent, sophisticated woman! What right has she to be like that? Boo! I don't want to be too hard on The Philadelphia Story. The actors and director are at the top of their their game, and ninety percent of the script is smart and hilarious. But that dreary 10 percent...SPOILERS in which Katherine Hepburn is no only incessantly criticized for being an ice maiden, but also made to get drunk, beg forgiveness for her superior ways, and even to take the blame for her father becoming an alcoholic! You'll think that's a joke, or something you can fast-forward through, but no. It's integral to the plot.

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akirakato
Feb 21, 2019

Directed by George Cukor in 1940 based on the 1939 Broadway play of the same name by Philip Barry, this American dramedy delves into the situation in which a wealthy snobbish woman expects a wedding when her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist arrive.
This woman reflects on Helen Hope Montgomery Scott (1904–1995), a Philadelphia socialite known for her hijinks, who married a friend of playwright Philip Barry.
Although it's interesting to know the zeitgeist at the time, the performances of the major actors seem overacting and the story appears ill-contrived.
Supposedly a fast-talking screwball comedy, however, it looks like a movie with a touch of snobbish high-society elegance.
I just don't like it!

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ManMachine
Jan 27, 2019

(*Favorite movie quote*) - "You'd have to be as rich as the Lord's to live in a dump like this."

Released in 1940 - Though I'm far from being a fan of "Screwball" comedy, I found that I actually enjoyed "The Philadelphia Story" ("TPS") for the most part.

Containing plenty of smart, rapid-fire dialogue, "TPS" was certainly a well-crafted, MGM showpiece, as well as being a pinnacle of 1940's style & glamour.

Regardless of its obvious weaknesses, "TPS" was clearly something of a triumph in that it had the ability to entertain this jaded viewer without the use of crime & violence as its story's catalyst.

With its distinctive flavor of "high-society" elegance, this film's story concerns the well-deserved comeuppance of the brash & snooty, Tracy Lord, a spoiled, rich, socialite (with plenty of airs) who's soon to become a blushing bride.

Filmed in glossy b&w, "TPS" was directed by George Cukor. It starred Cary Grant, James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn.

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mammothhawk229e
Dec 08, 2017

If only TMZ & regular reporters were that chummy with their targets.

NWPL Feb 15, 2017

A great romantic comedy with chemistry sizzling from all the characters.

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LadySade
Aug 12, 2016

The fiery Hepburn, the charming Grant and the absolutely incomparable James Stewart, star in this delightful romantic comedy. I enjoyed it until the end. This set also includes a bonus biography of Hepburn.
These are the types of films one can watch over and over again.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 13, 2016

VERY GOOD 1941 romantic comedy (later remade as 1956's High Society - which I will soon be watching).
This was interesting period piece film about rich Old Philadelphia money/families. And it was my introduction to beautiful actress Ruth Hussey (that I can remember). Her character did a lot of cigarette smoking - kind of a forties thing?
I've been watching quite a few older movies - and checking out the lady fashions, etc. Some of those 40's hats are pretty wild, especially the one worn by main character Hepburn/Tracy's mother Margaret Lord played by Mary Nash - what a brim on that one!
Very well written drama, especially in the ending scene with all five main characters.

Great macting and a good story line. You wouldn't see a good plot like this in today's Hollywood. Cary Grant should not have shoved Kathren Hepburn like that at all in the beginning. Other than that, good movie for learning teenagers.

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Dec 28, 2013

"You'd have to be as rich as the Lord's to live in a dump like this."

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