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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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The three stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart.


From the Italian release: SCANDALO A FILADELFIA.

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY was Katharine Hepburn's big comeback film after she had been labeled "boxoffice poison" in the late 1930's went to Broadway for a spell. There she discovered playwright Phillip Barry's play written especially for her, and after a smash in New York as Tracy Lord, she bought the film rights to the show and headed back to Hollywood where she sold them to Louis B. Mayer for a reported $250,000. Then Hepburn picked her own director (George Cukor) and co-stars (Grant and Stewart), taking no salary for her work but an amazing 45% of the profits.

Needless to say, the film was a huge success, breaking all records during it's run at Radio City Music Hall in New York. It also collected six Oscar nominations including Hepburn as Best Actress, Cukor as Best Director, Ruth Hussey as Supporting Actress, and a nomination for Best Picture. The film's two statuettes went to Best Actor Jimmy Stewart and Donald Ogden Stewart for Best Screenplay.

Two more posters for the film.

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