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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

I got to enjoy a special showing of this film in the theater recently.  I love to go back and watch the classics.  Especially, the way that they were meant to be seen, on the big screen.  Usually you cannot go wrong with Cary Grant, James Stewart, or Katharine Hepburn.  The Philadelphia Story gathers the trio together in the same film.  Talk about star power.  Now, the three are silver screen legends.  At the time this movie was released, all of these actors were in their prime.  That is easily why 78 years later, the film is still being played in the theater.  Can you imagine very many movies that were made in our time that will still be played in theaters 78 years from now?  That is, of course, if theaters still exist in 78 years.

The movie is about a wealthy woman who is about to get married for the second time.  However, her ex-husband and a reporter show up shortly before the wedding and stir things up.

The film is based on the play by Philip Barry.  It is directed by George Cukor and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young, Mary Nash, John Halliday, Virginia Weidler, and Henry Daniell.

This movie feels almost more like a play, because it is all about the dialogue and timing of acting.  It is the conversations and connections between the characters.  The setting does not change much and the audience is more focused on the people instead of the place anyway.  This is all understandable of course, because it is based on a play.

The film is filled with grace, wit, humor, life, flawlessness, class, elegance, and charm.  Those characteristics all together in one movie in today’s world hardly exist.

Hepburn, Stewart, and Grant play off of each other perfectly.  They seem to all equally contribute, which is especially rare in today’s movies for three such big names to carry the film equally.  The dialogue is very amusing throughout.  In a way, I feel like the film captured a little piece of their heart and soul for your enjoyment.  A timeless classic.  Like a fine wine, The Philadelphia Story is aged to perfection.


I rate this movie a 10 on a scale of 1-10.

To achieve this 10 rating, you have to understand that the film truly has stood the test of time.  For what it is, it is a 10.  To truly appreciate this however, you have to have an appreciation for old movies.  You have to step outside the box that is the film industry of the present.  Take out the action.  Take out the special effects.  It is heart and soul during the golden age of Hollywood forever captured and preserved for your viewing pleasure.  A taste of the past held onto for so many years.  We held on to it so tight because it is historic and beautiful.


If you liked this film, than you might also enjoy:

My Favorite Wife (1940)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Holiday (1938)

It’s A Wonderful Life (1939)

His Girl Friday (1940)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Mr. Lucky (1943)

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Monkey Business (1952)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Houseboat (1958)

Adam’s Rib (1949)

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly


Netflix is constantly changing its movie selection.  Here is a list of 20 of the best Classics movies that are currently available to watch on Netflix Watch Instantly.  If you enjoy watching the movies of old like I do, then you have to check out the movies on this list.  They are excellent classics in every sense of the word, and I highly recommend all of them.

If the title of the movie is highlighted, you may click on it for my full review.

Here is the list:

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Poster

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Dracula Poster

Dracula (1931)

The Mummy Poster

The Mummy (1932)

Scarface 1932 Poster

Scarface (1932)

The Invisible Man Poster

The Invisible Man (1933)

His Girl Friday Poster

His Girl Friday (1940)

Dumbo Poster

Dumbo (1941)

The Wolfman Poster

The Wolfman (1941)

Double Indemnity Poster

Double Indemnity (1944)

I was a Male War Bride Poster

I Was A Male War Bride (1949)

People Will Talk Poster

People Will Talk (1951)

White Christmas Poster

White Christmas (1954)

House on Haunted Hill Poster

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Poster

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Charade Poster

Charade (1963)

The Odd Couple Poster

The Odd Couple (1968)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Poster

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

True Grit Poster

True Grit (1969)

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Poster

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

The Omen Poster

The Omen (1976)

Next time that you are sitting around trying to find a movie to watch on Netflix Watch Instantly, I recommend you choose one of these movies as part of your movie night.

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