Happy Birthday Katharine!
↳ (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003)
”As an actress she’s a joy to work with she’s in there every minute. There isn’t anything passive about her she ‘gives’ and as a person she’s real.”
“Time with her was more than time well spent a little bit either was worth days and weeks and months with somebody else.”
(Screw-ball [skrue’bol] Noun, Slang, meaning unbalanced, erratic, irrational, unconventional), became a popular slang word in the 1930s. It was applied to films where everything was a juxtaposition: educated and uneducated, rich and poor, intelligent and stupid, honest and dishonest, and most of all male and female. When two people fell in love, they did not simply surrender to their feelings, they battled it out. They lied to one another, often assuming indifferent personas toward each other. They often employed hideous tricks on each other, until finally after running out of inventions, fall into each others arms. It was fossilized comedy, physical and often painful, but mixed with the highest level of wit and sophistication, depending wholly on elegant and inventive writing. Even the supporting cast was always of first-rate. Character actors playing eccentric types as well as a stable of familiar faces in leading roles (Cary Grant, William Powell, Carole Lombard, Claudette Colbert, Katharine Hepburn) [x].
Tracy Lord: Put me in your pocket, Mike.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Katharine Hepburn in ‘The Philadelphia Story’, 1940.
There is a moment in “The Philadelphia Story” that was, according to Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, improvised. It’s the scene when Jimmy Stewart comes to Cary Grant’s house and he’s drunk. And Jimmy Stewart hiccups; that was thrown in. You can see that Jimmy’s amused and Cary looks down and he was amused that Jimmy was amused. They almost broke up!
THE GREATEST SCENE OF ALL TIME.
Ruth Hussey in ‘The Philadelphia Story’, directed by George Cukor, 1940.
250 Favorite Classic Films in no particular order
⇨ The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Macaulay Connor: Doggone it, C.K. Dexter Haven. Either I’m gonna sock you or you’re gonna sock me.
C. K. Dexter Haven: Shall we toss a coin?
250 Films Meme | 108 | The Philadelphia Story (1940)
↳ Favourite 22/50