The Philadelphia Story The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

George Cukor

The Philadelphia Story (Criterion Blu-Ray)

7 Nov 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1940
  • 112 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #901

With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn 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 acquired the screen rights, handpicking her friend George Cukor to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn, at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic ex-husband (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 regret and reconciliation, this convergence of golden-age talent is one of the greatest American films of all time


C. K. Dexter HavenCary Grant
Tracy LordKatharine Hepburn
Macaulay ConnorJames Stewart
Elizabeth ImbrieRuth Hussey
George KittredgeJohn Howard
Uncle WillieRoland Young
Seth LordJohn Halliday
Margaret LordMary Nash
Dinah LordVirginia Weidler


DirectorGeorge Cukor
Screenplay byDonald Ogden Stewart
Based on the play byPhilip Barry
Director of photographyJoseph Ruttenberg
Musical scoreFranz Waxman
Art directorCedric Gibbons
Gowns byAdrian
EditorFrank Sullivan
ProducerJoseph L. Mankiewicz

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Jeanine Basinger
  • In Search of Tracy Lord, a new documentary about the origin of the character and her social milieu
  • New piece about actor Katharine Hepburn’s role in the development of the film
  • 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
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

Other Editions

The Philadelphia Story (Criterion DVD)

7 Nov 2017


2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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