USA | 1940 | 112 mins | PG
This classic romantic comedy focuses on Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), a Philadelphia socialite who has split from her husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), due both to his drinking and to her overly demanding nature. As Tracy prepares to wed the wealthy George Kittredge (John Howard), she crosses paths with both Dexter and prying reporter Macaulay Connor (James Stewart). Unclear about her feelings for all three men, Tracy must decide whom she truly loves.
Director: George Cukor
Cast: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart
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The wisecracking screen partnership between Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn is at its peak in this fast-talking tale of high-society hijinks.
After a string of flops that labeled her box office poison, Hepburn revived her career with this movie based on the hit Broadway play (written for Hepburn by her friend Phillip Barry). It’s a magnificent comedy of manners, marriage, divorce, and flirting—not necessarily in that order—that still sparkles more than eighty years since its first release.
On the eve of her second wedding, snooty socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn)’s suave ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) has somehow insinuated himself back into her milieu. Also circling is the cynical tabloid reporter Mike Connor (Jimmy Stewart, winning the only Academy Award of his career in the role), who soon also falls under Tracy’s spell. Complications inevitably ensue, and the love triangle plays out against the backdrop of lavish country estate settings by art director Cedric Gibbons and with elegant costumes by Adrian.
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