Fave Film #1 – The Philadelphia Story

I’m more likely to watch a favorite movie again and again before I’d read a favorite book again.  Maybe it’s because a favorite movie takes less time or I can share the time with a friend.  

If I have an author interview I’ll post it on a Friday, but if I don’t have an interview I’m going to watch a favorite movie and do a little feature.  Maybe it’s a favorite of yours too, or maybe you’ll discover one that you just have to see.   Although my list is not in exact order I’m going to start at the top for this first one.

The Philadelphia Story with Grant Grant1940 

Cast- Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

 James Stewart won  the Best Lead Actor for his role.

Tracy Lord (Hepburn) is about to marry for the second time.  Her first husband, CK Dexter Haven (Grant), is hoping to meddle just enough to stop the wedding.  Writer Macaulay Connor (Stewart) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) are called in to secretly cover the wedding for a tabloid magazine.  Tracy must face the truth about herself before she can face her wedding day.

Why I love it– The cast from the big three (Hepburn, Grant, Stewart) to the smallers players like Uncle Willie and sister Dinah are superb.  The acting shines.  The quick and witty dialogue will keep you sharp, wanting to know what the next gem will be.  And just as importantly, the movie had something to say.  This was a movie about classes and imperfections, about being human.  It’s about making mistakes and not only being forgiven, but loved for them. 

I watched this again last night and I loved it just as much as ever.  There was only one scene I felt was written by a man in the 1930’s.  It was the one between Tracy and her father about why men cheat.   I actually hadn’t remembered it, but last night it made me so mad!  Imagine a father blaming his own daughter for his philandering! 

Here’s a peak at a scene between a drunk Connor and patient Haven.  I love both of these leading men.  I’ve read that this movie required no retakes and this scene in particular had some ad-libs.  The hiccup was not planned.  See what happens.

This is being shown on the Turner Classic Movie channel on June 28th at 8 pm.


13 thoughts on “Fave Film #1 – The Philadelphia Story

  1. Kathy says:

    I ADORE Cary Grant!

    I once had a cat named Cary and even wanted to name my son Grant :o)

    My favorite Cary Grant movies are Operation Petticoat and That Touch of Mink.

    I’m a huge Cary Grant fan as well, although I’ve never named a pet or child after him 🙂 I loved That Touch of Mink although I don’t really remember Operation Petticoat even though I know I’ve seen it.

  2. Mary says:

    Oh, Stacy, great minds and all that : D
    I’m reading Love Walked In (by Maria de los Santos) and she writes/gushes about The Philadelphia Story. I love the movie and reading about it in the book and now here makes me want to find a copy and watch this weekend! Great post!

    Well, that certainly makes me want to read the book!

  3. CeeCee says:

    I like this feature! I miss watching old movies. One day, I’ll be able to watch what I want on TV.

    The first hiccup seemed like something went down the wrong pipe or were they all real?

    I’m not sure. I’ll have to do some checking.

  4. Staci says:

    Some of my absolute favorite actors of all time. I would be more likely to re-watch a fave movie than to re-read a fave book too!!

    Three of my favorite actors, for sure!

  5. Literary Feline says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen this movie. Must add immediately to my netflix list! I’m with you about re-watching favorite movies versus books. I can re-watch a movie over and over again, but I rarely do the same with a favorite book.

    It was much different compiling a fave book list and a fave movie list. If I’ve seen a movie a dozen or so times doesn’t it have to go on the list? For a book I have to get something out of it to make the list. The movie could be cotton candy, but still make the list!

  6. Margot says:

    Thanks for this video clip. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this movie but now I have to see it again. So funny but sweet.

    There were so many parts I loved, but Stewart really made me laugh in this clip!

  7. Angie says:

    I’m sure if I would even be able to name my favorite film. I think I would have to do a top five because there are so many that I like. I guess the one I watch the most often is Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

    I think it would have to be top 10 for me, but probably the top 25 on my list are not likely to ever leave.

  8. Megan says:

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never seen this movie, but I’m definitely going to look for it now! 🙂 There are so many classics I’ve missed out on. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention — looks/sounds like a great one to watch with my sister!

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