The Philadelphia Story (1940)

98EPISODE # 51:  THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, one of Hollywood’s CLASS-iest films, not only marked a triumphant return to the screen for Katharine Hepburn but was also the movie that solidified Jimmy Stewart’s star status before he went off to World War II. But wait—why did Kate the Great take a break from Hollywood in the first place? And what did GONE WITH THE WIND have to do with her playing the role of Traci in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY? James and Lara break it down, along with the meaning of “yar”, the role Jimmy Stewart THOUGHT he would be playing, and why everyone always looked so luminous in those 1940s closeups. The Lords family might put the FUN in dysfunctional, but their story makes for a surprisingly touching and timely classic.

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