Paramount at the Movies Presents: The Philadelphia Story [NR]

Paramount at the Movies Presents: The Philadelphia Story [NR]

Movies | 02/20/2022 | 2:00PM

1940 | NR | Runtime: 1 hour, 52 minutes

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In honor of our 90th anniversary, The Paramount Theater is presenting films from our nine decades of history. Next up, The Philadelphia Story!

Oh, the things they do among the playful rich! Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart star in the classic, multiple Academy Award-winning romantic comedy–The Philadelphia Story. On the eve of Tracy Samantha Lord’s (Hepburn) wedding, her blue-blood ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Grant), returns. C.K. discovered that a national tabloid plans to do an expose on Tracy’s philandering father and has agreed to smuggle a reporter (James Stewart) into her wedding if the magazine kills the story on the elder Lord. But C.K. never expects that the woman he still loves will suddenly fall for the undercover reporter. Now, before the evening is over, Tracy will be forced to take an unflinching look at herself and to realize which of these three men she truly loves. Based on a play by Philip Barry.

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (James Stewart) Best Writing, Screenplay (James Ogden Stewart) Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture Best Director (George Cukor) Best Actress in a Leading Role (Katharine Hepburn) Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ruth Hussey).

Image credits: © 1940 WBEI

Did you know?

  • Katharine Hepburn starred in the Broadway production of the play on which this film was based and owned the film rights to the material; they were purchased for her by billionaire Howard Hughes, then given to her as a gift.
  • James Stewart never felt he deserved the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this film, especially since he had initially felt miscast. He always maintained that Henry Fonda should have won instead for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), and that the award was probably “deferred payment for my work on Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).”
  • Cary Grant was given the choice of which of the two male lead roles he wanted to play. Surprisingly, he chose the less showy part.
  • The film was shot in eight weeks and required no retakes. During the scene where James Stewart hiccups when drunk, you can see Cary Grant looking down and grinning. Since the hiccup wasn’t scripted, Grant was on the verge of breaking out laughing and had to compose himself quickly. Stewart (apparently spontaneously) thought of hiccuping in the drunk scene, without telling Grant. When he began hiccuping, Grant turned to Stewart, saying, “Excuse me.” The scene required only one take.

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  • February 20, 2022 | 2:00PM
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  • Cary Grant as "C. K. Dexter Haven"
  • Katharine Hepburn as "Tracy Lord"
  • James Stewart as "Macaulay Connor"
  • Ruth Hussey as "Elizabeth Imbrie"
  • John Howard as "George Kittredge"

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