Film Reviews, Short Review

The Philadelphia Story (1940)


As far as star power goes, few films have ever contained more than The Philadelphia Story: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart is a mouth-watering combination, but more importantly, each actor is ideally suited to each role. Indeed, even the considerable stardust sprinkled over the 1956 musical adaptation High Society (Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, plus Louis Armstrong in support) pales in comparison, simply because the latter selection lack the dexterity of their forebears—Kelly was a uniquely photogenic actress, but she lacked the spark and energy of Hepburn, and Crosby, taking on Grant’s role, is not even within the same universe in terms of screen ability—and the end result is that The Philadelphia Story is infinitely the more memorable and enjoyable film, helped along by director George Cukor’s delicate touch and innate way with actors.


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