Film: The Philadelphia Story

Opened: December 26, 1940

Directed by: George Cukor

Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young, John Halliday, Mary Nash & Virginia Weidler

This classic love story is often rated as one of the best films of all-time and it’s easy to see why with its all-star cast and big comedy.

Two years after divorcing C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) is getting married again in a high-profile ceremony. Spy magazine sends reporter Mike Connor (James Stewart) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) to report on the event and nothing goes as planned.

With Hepburn, Hussey and Stewart all nominated for Academy Awards and Stewart winning, it’s clear that the cast was all in top form. They deliver the snappy dialogue with excellent comedic timing.

The love square between Tracy and C.K. Dexter, Mike and George Kitteredge (John Howard) is intriguing to follow. The conclusion is incredibly satisfying.

Final say: A wedding you won’t soon forget. ★★★★★

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