THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
1940, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

Katherine Hepburn had been declared “box office poison” before this delightful romantic comedy, adapted from the Broadway play in which she’d starred, revived her career. She plays Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord, who is just about to get married when her ex-husband (Cary Grant) and a reporter (James Stewart) enter the picture. Stewart and screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart both earned Oscars for this almost unimprovable screwball gem, later remade as the musical HIGH SOCIETY.


HOLIDAY
1938, Sony Repertory, 93 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

Society girl Katharine Hepburn falls in love with her sister's idiosyncratic fiancé (a pitch-perfect Cary Grant), and the result is the greatest nonconformist comedy ever made. Working with Philip Barry's play as his foundation, director George Cukor considers serious issues about the human condition and what it means to be truly independent, yet does it all with a light, hilarious and charming touch.


ADAM'S RIB
1949, Warner Bros., 101 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

"It’s the hilarious answer to who wears the pants!" The sixth pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy is arguably their funniest, with the two playing happily married attorneys whose domestic bliss is spoiled when they wind up squaring off in court over a woman accused of murdering her husband. Terrific, sharp-tongued script by the real-life husband-wife team of Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin.


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