The Quarantine Stream: The Glamorous Stars of ‘The Philadelphia Story’ Are as Fun as the Story is Frustrating
Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: The Philadelphia Story
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Katherine Hepburn plays Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord, a fiery divorcée whose upcoming wedding to the stuffy “man of the people” George Kittredge is the event of the season. But the frivolities are soon interrupted by the return of her ex, Dexter (Cary Grant), bringing in tow with him Spy magazine reporter Macaulay “Mike” Connor (James Stewart) and his photographer girlfriend Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey), who are posing as friends of the family. Tracy immediately figures out their scheme and gets the real story out of Dexter: the editor of Spy magazine is blackmailing them with a story about her dad’s affair with a dancer. Tracy reluctantly plays along with the farce, only for the sparks to fly and for the socialite to get caught in not a simple love triangle but a love pentagon, between George, Dex, and Mike.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and James Stewart all in one movie. Need I say more?