The Philadelphia Story

Title: The Philadelphia Story
Year: 1940
Director: George Cukor
Writer: Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by Philip Barry
Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey
Music: Franz Waxman
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Actor (Stewart) and Best Screenplay; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Hepburn) and Best Supporting Actress (Hussey); currently #228 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a tabloid spy gets involved in a rich woman’s re-marriage
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), August 2008
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 3/10 (gets points for pacing, acting and subjective rating) c. 2.0/4 (Indifferent)

Pretty enjoyable, but not memorable. Jimmy Stewart saves the movie (as is his way). I generally hate Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn with a passion, but they didn’t bother me much in this one.


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