The Philadelphia Story
The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Set among the upper class in 1930s Philadelphia, this irreverent classic romantic comedy features radiant performances by three legendary stars. On the eve of her marriage to an uninteresting man, a headstrong socialite jousts verbally with… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 1, 1940
DVD Release Date: September 10, 1997
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Consensus: Offering a wonderfully witty script, spotless direction from George Cukor, and typically excellent lead performances, The Philadelphia Story is an unqualified classic.

John C. Mosher
New Yorker

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.

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Herb Golden

The smarties are going to relish Philadelphia Story a lot more than the two-bit trade...

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

This frothy theatre adaptation dates from the period when Hollywood had pretty much perfected the art of the romantic comedy.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

George Cukor gives it the royal treatment with a splendid supporting cast...

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

This is close to perfection with Katharine Hepburn repeating her stage triumph as spoilt socialite Tracy Lord.

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Mark Bourne

Every time Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart connect in a scene, we hear the happy ding! of quality champagne crystal.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Still a sparkling delight.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A witty romantic comedy with a refined, intelligent dialogue and sharp performances, especially Hepburn and Stewart, although I feel reluctant to accept the… More
Spencer S.
Generous helpings of drama, witty banter, and that powerful shade of romance that can only be explored in a time when innocence was key, and you had to work… More
Dean McKenna
It's Katharine Hepburn's picture, but with as fetching a lineup of the talent as is to be found, she's got to fight every clever line of dialog… More
Aj V
This is one of my favourite movies. It has a fantastic cast including Grant, Hepburn, and Stewart. The story is interesting, funny, witty, and dramatic. I… More
Emile Tremblay
James Stuwart and Katharine Hepburn were magnifient to see on screen, their performance and the great screenplay made the whole movie, while Cary Grant and Ruth… More
Morgan Salem
This was a Great classic movie! Everyone is great in this movie Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart I think he is my favorite in this movie. A… More