The Philadelphia story

Published 2005
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A sophisticated screwball comedy, rife with smart dialogue, the Philadelphia Story centers on the society event of the season: the second marriage of icy, judgmental, moneyed socialite Tracy Lord to nouveau riche George Kittredge. Her first husband, suave and devilish C.K. Dexter Haven, complicates matters by finagling wedding invitations for incognito reporter Mike Connor and his photographer Liz Imbrie, to do a tell-all exposé. But Haven's motives for giving the tabloid access to Tracy's big day may not be as mercenary and mean-spirited as they first appear.

Uniform Title:
Philadelphia story (Motion picture)
Two-disc special ed.
Publisher, Date:
Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2005.
2 videodiscs (112 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Target Audience Note:
CHVR: Not rated.
Originally released as an American motion picture in 1940.
Director of photography, Joseph Ruttenberg ; film editor, Frank Sullivan ; musical score, Franz Waxman ; gowns by Adrian.
Cary Grant (C.K. Dexter Haven), Katharine Hepburn (Tracy Lord), James Stewart (Macaulay Connor), Ruth Hussey (Elizabeth Imbrie), John Howard (George Kittredge), Roland Young (Uncle Willie), John Halliday (Seth Lord), Mary Nash (Margaret Lord), Virginia Weidler (Dinah Lord)
DVD; Region 1; Dolby Digital sound ; standard version presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition.
Academy Awards: Best Screenplay, Donald Ogdon Stewart; Best Actor, James Stewart.
In English, with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Bonus material is not closed-captioned.
Disc One The Philadelphia story: Credits
Bride's high standards
George saddles up
Philadelphia story
Spies invade the manor
Dexter's small blackmail
"Lydia the Tattooed Lady"
Tracy meets the press
Family for lunch
Library research
Patron lady
Virgin goddess
"My, she was yar."
Right kind of daughter
Exposed and pinched
Drinks for everyone
Talkative visitor
Class system
Hearthfires and holocausts
Advice to Liz
Mighty fallen
Eye openers
Dihah's dream
Missing memory and a watch
Not very yar
George's letter
There goes the groom
Tracy's announcement
Cast list (1940) (112 min.)
Special features: Disc 1 Commentary by Jeanine Basinger [optional audio feature]; George Cukor trailer gallery (32 min.); Awards [text feature]; Disc 2: Katherine Hepburn "All about me" / written by David Heeley, Joan Kramer, Katherine Hepburn ; produced by Joan Kramer, David Heeley ; directed by David Heeley [featurette] (1992) (70 min.)
The men who made the movies: George Cukor / narrator, Sydney Pollack ; producer, writer, director, Richard Schickel [featurette] (2001) (55 min.)
That inferior feeling / starring Robert Benchley [short] (9 min.)
The homeless flea [cartoon] (8 min.)
Victory Theater broadcast 07/20/1942 [audio feature] (58 min.)
Lady Esther Screen Guild Playhouse broadcast 03/17/1947 [audio feature] (30 min.)
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