Philadelphia Story

Philadelphia Story

5.0 11
Director: George Cukor

Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

     
 

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This Warner DVD release of The Philadelphia Story doesn't feature any meaningful extras but the movie itself is so delightful that its many fans shouldn't mind. The full screen transfer conforms to the movie's original aspect ratio and comes from a pristine source print. Likewise, the audio track has been spruced up, making Franz Waxman's rich score stand outSee more details below

Overview

This Warner DVD release of The Philadelphia Story doesn't feature any meaningful extras but the movie itself is so delightful that its many fans shouldn't mind. The full screen transfer conforms to the movie's original aspect ratio and comes from a pristine source print. Likewise, the audio track has been spruced up, making Franz Waxman's rich score stand out like never before. The extras are limited to trailers and closed captioning and foreign language options. It would've been nice if Warner included a featurette on the making of the movie and the hit play it was based on (which also starred Katharine Hepburn in her comeback role). MGM also has an edition of The Philadelphia Story on DVD but with the exception of cover art, that version is essentially the same as this one. Neither edition is colorized as some Internet sites report.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
Timeless entertainment from the glory days of the studio system, The Philadelphia Story set the standard for witty, adult romantic comedy. Main Line heiress Tracy Lord Dexter-Haven (Katharine Hepburn) is about to be married to a social-climbing businessman when her first husband (Cary Grant) crashes the festivities with a pair of reporters from a tabloid magazine (James Stewart and Ruth Hussy). Hepburn, hot off the success of Philip Barry's Holiday, commissioned the playwright to craft The Philadelphia Story as both a Broadway and a Hollywood vehicle in the hopes of reviving her sagging film career. Consequently, the role is perfectly tailored for her somewhat brittle and mannered style. As Hepburn battles with a typically charming Grant and flirts with an atypically confident Stewart, we see that the brittleness is a camouflage for long-denied passion and vulnerability. Stewart nabbed the Best Actor Oscar, and so-called "women's" director George Cukor gets delightful performances from the entire cast.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Playwright Philip Barry reportedly based the central character of The Philadelphia Story on Katharine Hepburn's brittle public persona, so it should be little surprise that she plays the part so well. The film is a quick-witted translation of the play, essentially a parlor drama with witty, Oscar Wilde-like banter and glib repartee from nearly every actor. There are moments of rare beauty in the dialogue, even if director George Cukor rarely uses them to give the film more visual flair or energy. The story both spoofs and plays sly homage to Clifford Odets' earnest socialist dramas, in which kind-hearted socialites learn to love and admire the working poor -- except that, in The Philadelphia Story, Hepburn turns her back on the working-class hero and returns to her own kind, the aristocratic, debonair, completely irresistible Cary Grant (who does a wonderful job of being...Cary Grant). The aristocrats are well-skewered by the delightful screenplay, and James Stewart is excellent as the cynical but smitten reporter, in a performance that won him his only Academy Award. Donald Ogden Stewart's faithful adaptation of the Barry play was also recognized by the Academy. High Society, the 1956 musical version of this story, was moderately successful, but not in the same classic league.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2000
UPC:
0012569501720
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant C.K. Dexter Haven
Katharine Hepburn Tracy Lord
James Stewart Macauley Connor
Ruth Hussey Liz Imbrie
John Howard George Kittredge
Roland Young Uncle Willie
John Halliday Seth Lord
Mary Nash Margaret Lord
Virginia Weidler Dinah Lord
Henry Daniell Sidney Kidd
Lionel Pape Edward
Rex Evans Thomas
Hillary Brooke Mainliner
Veda Buckland Elsie
Lita Chevret Manicurist
David Clyde Mac the night watchman
Dorothy Fay Main Line Society Woman
Claude King Willie's Butler
Florine McKinney Main Line Society Woman
Lee Phelps Bartender
Hilda Plowright Librarian
Helene Whitney Main Line Society Woman
Russ Clark John

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Producer
Wade B. Rubottom Art Director
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Waldo Salt Screenwriter
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Donald Ogden Stewart Screenwriter
Frank Sullivan Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Opening Logos [:23]
2. Main Title/The Havens Part [2:06]
3. Two Years Later [4:56]
4. Enter George Kittredge [2:20]
5. Enter Mike, Liz & Dex [4:07]
6. "Spies" at the Lord Manse [4:18]
7. "Dexter, You've Come Back!" [2:47]
8. Dexter's Small Blackmail [5:00]
9. Lydia the Tattooed Lady [:57]
10. Tracy Meets the Press [4:13]
11. Having Sherry on the Porch [4:08]
12. "Uncle Willie"/The Library [3:48]
13. With the Rich and Mighty [3:18]
14. Scolding the Virgin Goddess [5:43]
15. "My, She Was Yar." [3:59]
16. Tracy Challenges Her Father [4:27]
17. The Reporters are Exposed [1:18]
18. The Virgin Goddess Drinks [4:47]
19. "Okay, C.K. Dexter-Haven!" [1:53]
20. "Still in Love with Her?" [5:35]
21. The Class System [4:44]
22. Hearthfires and Holocausts [4:46]
23. Dexter, George, Mike & Tracy [4:41]
24. Uncle Willie/Dinah Suspects [4:15]
25. Dinah's Dream [2:43]
26. The Morning After [4:36]
27. Dex Medicates Tracy [5:04]
28. George's Letter [7:29]
29. Tracy's Announcement [3:16]
30. End Credits [:32]

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