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.


LOVE AFFAIR
1939, Warner Bros., 87 min, USA, Dir: Leo McCarey

French artist Michel Marnet (Charles Boyer) and American performer Terry McKay (Irene Dunne) fall in love on a ship sailing to New York. But both are engaged to other people, so Michel and Terry agree to rendezvous in six months at the top of the Empire State Building if they still want a life together. This classic romantic drama was later remade by director McCarey as AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER.


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.


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