I’m lucky enough to live in a city that hosts a very popular classic film festival every summer, the Plaza Classic Film Festival. There’s nothing quite like watching a fantastic movie in a beautifully restored movie theater from the 1930’s. So, inspired by the festival and my love for classic movies, I’ll be writing a series of “Flashback Friday” posts that will highlight Old Hollywood classics and actors. For the inaugural post, I’ve chosen one of my favorite movies, The Philadelphia Story, starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart.
Released in 1940, The Philadelphia Story centers around wealthy socialite Tracy Lord and the three different men who are in love with her: her ex-husband (Grant), an investigative journalist (Stewart), and her fiancé (Roland Young). This movie is so modern, so quick, and so sharp that it takes multiple viewings to truly appreciate the acerbic wit and banter. There may be a few scenes where it might feel a little dated, but I feel that this classic romantic comedy is more intelligent than the romantic comedies that we have today. And really, what girl wouldn’t want to be wooed by Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart? I hope you check it out. You’ll be in for a entertaining surprise.