Kitty Foyle

Kitty Foyle

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Director: Sam Wood, Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig

Cast: Sam Wood, Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig

     
 

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Though Ginger Rogers' starring vehicles always turned a profit for RKO Radio, many filmgoers thought of Rogers only in terms of "Fred Astaire's partner." Others considered her a delightful comedienne, but no great shakes as a dramatic actress. Thus it was both a personal and professional triumph when Ms. Rogers walked home with an Oscar for her performance in Kitty

Overview

Though Ginger Rogers' starring vehicles always turned a profit for RKO Radio, many filmgoers thought of Rogers only in terms of "Fred Astaire's partner." Others considered her a delightful comedienne, but no great shakes as a dramatic actress. Thus it was both a personal and professional triumph when Ms. Rogers walked home with an Oscar for her performance in Kitty Foyle. Based on Christopher Morley's Story of an American Girl, the film, told in flashback, relates the progress of working-girl Kitty Foyle (Ginger Rogers) as she pursues her Cinderella dreams. While employed at a department store, Kitty is wooed by Dennis Morgan, scion of a wealthy Philadelphia family. She flirts with the notion of marrying Morgan for his money, but decides that he's a bit too weak-willed for her tastes. Kitty enters into a romance with poor-but-dedicated doctor James Craig, then does an about-face by accepting Morgan's proposal. She quickly runs afoul of Morgan's snobbish family, who are so tightly bound by centuries-old tradition that Kitty is moved to exclaim "You mean to say you let all those dead people tell you what do?" She walks out on Morgan, then discovers that she's pregnant. Even after the trauma of delivering a stillborn child, Kitty is too proud to go back to Morgan. When true-blue Craig comes back into her life, Kitty, repeating her favorite phrase "By Judas Priest!," decides to forego money for love. Though successful to the tune of an $860,000 profit in 1940, Kitty Foyle seems stilted and over-rehearsed when seen today, save for the refreshing spontaneity of Ginger Rogers' performance. The film's best scene is the opening montage of the American Woman's "progress" once she enters the workplace (an uncredited Heather Angel is the central character in this delightful pantomimic vignette). Featured in the cast of Kitty Foyle is director Sam Wood's daughter Katherine Stevens, better known as K.T. Stevens.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Kitty Foyle is a good example of Hollywood's portrayal of women characters in the 1940s, and it foreshadowed the types of scruffy, proletariat screenplays which would later bring Dalton Trumbo to the attention of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. The resilient, working-class lead character gave Ginger Rogers one of her best roles, and it remains a good example of her versatility. Among the supporting cast members, Eduardo Ciannelli is a standout, while James Craig and Dennis Morgan are both adequate as Rogers' love interests. The tech credits are quite good, particularly for an RKO feature; the studio often couldn't match the lavish standards of its bigger-studio cousins. The story is told in a straightforward style, and director Sam Wood allows the actress room to find the perfect tone for her character. Rogers would garner a Best Actress Oscar for her work.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2013
UPC:
0883316860205
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
9,666

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Kitty Foyle
Dennis Morgan Wyn Strafford
James Craig Mark
Eduardo Ciannelli Giono
Ernest Cossart Pop
Gladys Cooper Mrs. Strafford
Odette Myrtil Delphine Detaille
Mary Treen Pat
Katharine Stevens Molly
Walter Kingsford Mr. Kennett
Cecil Cunningham Grandmother
Nella Walker Aunt Jessica
Edward Fielding Uncle Edgar
Kay Linaker Wyn's Wife
Richard Nichols Wyn's Boy
Florence Bates Customer
Brooks Benedict Actor
Joe Bernard Actor
Mary Currier Actor
Billy Elmer Neway
Renee Godfrey Actor
Tom Herbert Waiter
Frank Mills Taxi Driver
Jane Patten Actor
Tom Quinn Actor
Julie Carter Actor
Patricia Maier Actor
Heather Angel Girl in Prologue
Tyler Brooke Boy in Prologue
Hattie Noel Black Woman
Frank Milan Parry
Charles Quigley Bill
Harriett Brandon Miss Bala
Walter Sande Trumpeter
Ray Teal Saxophonist
Joey Ray Drummer
Mel Ruick Violinist-Leader
Doodles Weaver Pianist
Theodore Von Eltz Hotel Clerk
Max Davidson Flower Man
Mary Gordon Charwoman
Fay Helm Prim Girl
Helen Lynd Girl in Elevator
Dorothy Vaughan Charwoman
Mimi Doyle Jane
Hilda Plowright Nurse
Spencer Charters Father
Gino Corrado Guest
Charles Miller Doctor

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
Henry Berman Editor
Harry Berman Editor
Mel Burns Makeup
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Harry E. Edington Executive Producer
David Hempstead Producer
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Argyle Nelson Asst. Director
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Donald Ogden Stewart Screenwriter
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer

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