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James Stewart, Cary Grant, and the unstoppable Katharine Hepburn star in Hollywood’s
greatest romantic comedy…

With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katherine Hepburn (Woman of the Year)
revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady –
thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry
stage play The Philadelphia Story, Hepburn snapped up the screen rights, handpicking her
friend George Cukor (Adam’s Rib) to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald
Ogden Stewart (Holiday) pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn,
at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic exhusband
(His Girl Friday’s Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying
her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the
wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award®–winning
performance). A fast‐talking screwball comedy as well as a tale of regrets and
reconciliation, this convergence of golden‐age talent is one of the greatest American films
of all time.

Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Jeanine Basinger
  • New introduction to actor Katharine Hepburn’s role in the development of the film by
  • documentarians David Heeley and Joan Kramer
  • In Search of Tracy Lord, a new documentary about the origin of the character and her
  • social milieu
  • Two full episodes of The Dick Cavett Show from 1973, featuring rare interviews with
  • Hepburn, plus an excerpt of a 1978 interview from that show with director George
  • Cukor
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1943, featuring an introduction by
  • filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Plus: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
Certificate:
TBC
Actor:
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young
Director:
George Cukor
Region:
2
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
112 mins approx.
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1940

The Philadelphia Story (The Criterion Collection)

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James Stewart, Cary Grant, and the unstoppable Katharine Hepburn star in Hollywood’s
greatest romantic comedy…

With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katherine Hepburn (Woman of the Year)
revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady –
thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry
stage play The Philadelphia Story, Hepburn snapped up the screen rights, handpicking her
friend George Cukor (Adam’s Rib) to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald
Ogden Stewart (Holiday) pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn,
at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic exhusband
(His Girl Friday’s Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying
her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the
wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award®–winning
performance). A fast‐talking screwball comedy as well as a tale of regrets and
reconciliation, this convergence of golden‐age talent is one of the greatest American films
of all time.

Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Jeanine Basinger
  • New introduction to actor Katharine Hepburn’s role in the development of the film by
  • documentarians David Heeley and Joan Kramer
  • In Search of Tracy Lord, a new documentary about the origin of the character and her
  • social milieu
  • Two full episodes of The Dick Cavett Show from 1973, featuring rare interviews with
  • Hepburn, plus an excerpt of a 1978 interview from that show with director George
  • Cukor
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1943, featuring an introduction by
  • filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Plus: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
Certificate:
TBC
Actor:
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young
Director:
George Cukor
Region:
2
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
112 mins approx.
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1940
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