A quick rundown of the plot: Wealthy, haughty Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord is preparing for her second marriage, to proper, pretentious George Kittredge. Enter Dexter Haven, her first husband, and Macaulay Connor and Liz Imbrie -- reporters from Spy magazine. Dexter hasn't given up on Tracy, and Mac is dazzled by her -- despite his distrust and scorn for the wealthy. What follows is some of the wittier, pithier dialogue ever written -- as the two men try to help Tracy discover the heart beneath her holier-than-thou exterior, and as she fights them every step of the way.
Why I love this movie: it's romantic without being sappy. It's absolutely a joy to watch Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn go at it, verbally. It manages to poke gentle fun at both the tabloids and our love/hate relationship with them. And when Tracy actually gets drunk one night -- though it's hard to imagine, across the decades, from our Van Wilder and American Pie vantage point -- it's a scandal that breaks her heart, as she sees she's not as perfect as she thought she was.
Note: some of the society stuff may seem a little foreign; and it's a very "white" movie -- but even so, I truly enjoyed it.
Watch it, and remember the days when the dialogue, the cast, and a little bit of a neatly packaged wacky ending could make a movie thoroughly satisfying.
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Here comes the bride! And the ex-husband. And a gossip-rag columnist on assignment. Here come Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, & James Stewart in a peerless comedy romance (directed by George Cukor) about a faultfinding, bride-to-be socialite who gets her comeuppance and an unexpected Mr. Right.
After being labeled "box-office poison," Hepburn rekindled her stardom with a beguiling reprise of her 1939 Broadway role. Top billed Grand demanded and got a then-colossal $137,000 salary-donating it to British War Relief. And Stewart won his only Best Actor Academy Award as the wisecracking scribe. (Writer Donald Ogden Stewart won the film's second Oscar for adapting Phillip Barry's play). In 1998, Story's success story continued when it made the American Film Institute's 100 Best American Film's list.