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The Philadelphia Story

Rating: Not Rated

Movie Release Date: December 26, 1940

DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000

Plot 411: The original movie upon which High Society is based.

Review: In this cheeky rom com starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart, a privileged divorcee named Tracy (Hepburn) finds herself in an awkward position just days before her marriage to a blue-collar fiance George (John Howard). Known for being harsh and unforgiving of others' flaws, she is confronted with her own failings for the first time. While trying to fend off a society pages article written by a newspaper reporter (Grant) and photographer (Ruth Hussey), Tracy learns that life without flaws is no life at all. High Society used many of the lines from this film word-for-word. It was truly amazing how similar they were. I'd think they'd be embarrassed by the plagiarism, but I suppose they just call it a remake and be done with it. Despite my bias toward musicals, I have to say that The Philadelphia Story was tremendously better than High Society. At first I wasn't sure whether or not I liked Hepburn as Tracy, however, she began to grow on me because of her outstanding acting. Somehow she made the character more believable (and sympathetic) than Grace Kelly did. Even though much of the dialogue was the same, this movie was definitely more humorous. I think it had a lot to do with the quick deliveries from Stewart, the asides made by Grant and the sarcasm of Hussey. I really liked Hussey's character and have to say that she was quite beautiful. Despite not having a huge part her expressions, no matter how minute, conveyed so many feelings and emotions that she didn't really need to speak. I would definitely recommend this film over High Society.

Watch It: For the verbal swordplay between the main characters.

Skip It: If you'd rather have the singing of High Society because otherwise the plots are pretty much the same.


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