The Philadelphia Story
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The Philadelphia Story
We open on Philadelphia socialite C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) as he's being tossed out of his palatial home by his wife, Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn). Adding insult to injury, Tracy breaks one of C.K.'s precious golf clubs. He gallantly responds by knocking her down on her million-dollar keester. A couple of years after the breakup, Tracy is about to marry George Kittridge (John Howard), a wealthy stuffed shirt whose principal recommendation is that he's not a Philadelphia "mainliner," as C.K. was. Still holding a torch for Tracy, C.K. is galvanized into action when… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is a Hepburn triumph, and moviegoers who resent the theatre's habit of requisitioning their stars may feel that Miss Hepburn's time on the stage has not been spent in vain and that she simply prepared herself for this achievement."
‑ John C. Mosher, New Yorker
"The smarties are going to relish Philadelphia Story a lot more than the two-bit trade..."
‑ Herb Golden, Variety
"Cukor's direction flawlessly picks up on defining character traits, and all the intricate detail makes watching this movie feel like you're an invisible gatecrasher at the Lords' party."
‑ , Total Film
"How well all is pulled together and comes off, is more glaring when 'The Philadelphia Story' is compared to its fluffy but fangless 1956 musical adaptation, 'High Society.'"
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"With such a stellar cast, a fine director working in the type of picture he did best, and some genuinely witty dialogue, this film has all the ingredients for a great comedy."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In short, The Philadelphia Story lifts the daily drudge into a charming never-never land, with complete footnotes excusing its existence. And besides, it's a good, entertaining show."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"George Cukor gives it the royal treatment with a splendid supporting cast..."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Just sit back and enjoy romantic comedy at its most sublime."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Screwball romance is lots of fun for older kids."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"Is The Philadelphia Story about cutting Katharine Hepburn down to size?"
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"Every time Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart connect in a scene, we hear the happy ding! of quality champagne crystal."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Cukor and Donald Ogden Stewart's evergreen version of Philip Barry's romantic farce, centreing on a socialite wedding threatened by scandal, is a delight from start to finish, with everyone involved working on peak form."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Spoofs and plays sly homage to Clifford Odets' earnest socialist dramas"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Romantic comedies are rarely this fabulous."
‑ Laura Bushell, Film4
"Approaching it as fairytale with moral--Hepburn meets her prince but gums it up and need to rediscover her own humanity--Cukor directs with stylish elegance that serves the play perfectly; it's one of his masterpieces."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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