The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Donald Ogden Stewart)
National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn)
Academy Award for Best Director (George Cukor)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Ruth Hussey)Award details: (details at IMDb)
The Philadelphia Story is a 1940 American romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart and featuring Ruth Hussey. Based on the Broadway play of the same name by Philip Barry, the film is about a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist. The socialite character of the play - performed by Hepburn in the film - was inspired by Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, a Philadelphia socialite known for her hijinks, who married a friend of playwright Philip Barry. Written for the screen by Donald Ogden Stewart and an uncredited Waldo Salt, it is considered one of the best examples of a comedy of remarriage, a genre popular in the 1930s and 1940s, in which a couple divorce, flirt with outsiders and then remarry – a useful story-telling ploy at a time when the depiction of extramarital affairs was blocked by the Production Code. The film was Hepburn's first big hit following several flops, which had led to her being included on a 1938 list that Manhattan movie theater owner Harry Brandt compiled of actors considered to be "box office poison."