|Kitty Foyle (DVD, 2006) (DVD, 2006)|
|KITTY FOYLE GINGER ROGERS DENNIS MORGAN JAMES CRAIG WARNER USA DVD|
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Ginger Rogers wowwed the Academy Awards as Best Actress in 1940--the year after "Gone With The Wind"--in this performance as a dreamer Irish girl born on the wrong side of the tracks in Philadelphia during the 1920s. She has dreams of being "Main Line" Philadelphia material as indicated in the flashbacks showing her as a teenage girl straddling the line as the wealthy couples go to Assembly--evidently a sophisticated annual ball.
But Kitty isn't really looking for Mr. Main Line when he appears as Wynnewood Strafford VI (Dennis Morgan) as he interviews her father, who was his childhood cricket coach. Wyn is charismatic, handsome, and interested. Furthermore, Wyn needs a typist at his magazine, and Kitty fits the bill. But as their employer-employee relationship fizzles out, their romance heats up. Despite warnings from her father that Wyn will never marry her, he does woo her. Just as she expects a proposal, he only offers her money to tide her over until she can find another job.
Kitty now moves to New York City, but Wyn can't get Kitty out of his system. Meanwhile, Kitty has met a struggling medical doctor, Mark Eisen(James Craig), who lacks charisma, has a busy practice, and cannot afford to take Kitty out on a decent date (Can this be possible even in 1940?) Enter Wyn again on the night that would be Assembly night with a ball gown for Kitty and plans to have a mock Assembly in New York. He is re-charming Kitty so convincingly that he even proposes and elopes with her. The hink is his family, who is so snooty at their first meeting of Wyn's new wife that Kitty bolts out of their fancy living room. Their marriage is annulled.
The movie continues with Kitty still in love with Wyn but dating Mark. Kitty is now working in New York for a department store perfume bar but is sent to Philadelphia to open the cosmetics counter of their new store there. Imagine her surpise when she learns she is waiting on the new Mrs. Wyn Strafford who is accompanied by their toddler son Wyn VII, very adorably played by Richard Nichols (the same adorable boy in "All This and Heaven Too").
The big question offered at the beginning of the movie is: Will Kitty run away to live in sin with her one true love who has abandoned his wife and son OR will she marry the struggling doctor who offers security but has only a small amount of charm.
Overcoming all the odds by beating out Bette Davis (The Letter), Joan Fontaine (Rebecca), and Katherine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story) for the Oscar, Ginger Rogers staked her claim as a dramatic actress with the additional ability to hoof it with Fred Astaire, who claimed that she was his favorite dance partner.
Released in 1940, just after her nine-picture dancing/acting partnership with Fred Astaire ended, Kitty Foyle was instrumental in establishing Ginger Rogers as a non-musical, non-dancer box-office star, garnering her an Academy Award for Best Actress. At the beginning, the movie shows us Kitty (played by Ginger Rogers) assisting Mark (played by James Craig) in the delivery of a new baby in a rundown tenement. Seemingly overcome with the beauty of the birth, Mark, a struggling doctor of humble beginnings, offers a sweet proposal of marriage which Kitty quickly accepts. Kitty agrees to meet Mark at midnight to be married by the all-night justice of the peace. While in her room packing to meet him, who should turn up but her one true love, Wynnewood Strafford VI referred to as Wyn (played by Dennis Morgan) a fabulously wealthy married man who Kitty has never stopped loving. Wyn is planning to abandon his wife and his life altogether. He tells Kitty he still loves her and asks her to run away with him to South America where they can live together without being married.
The majority of the rest of the movie is spent watching Kitty wrestle with her conscience via a series of flashbacks prompted by her own image in the mirror. Growing up a teenager in the 1920's, Kitty is the daughter of a working class Irish family in Philadelphia. Her story unfolds enabling us to see how a sweet, young, innocent girl met, fell in-love with a rich, married suave aristocrat, and was rejected by Philadelphia Mainline society. The prevailing theme behind the flashbacks is a desire to figure out which man to spend the rest of her life with.
Rogers gives an outstandingly appealing performance that garnered her an Academy Award for Best Actress. To this day, it is questioned as to whether she deserved it or not. The competition was amazingly strong with actresses Bette Davis in "The Letter", Joan Fontaine in "Rebecca", Katharine Hepburn in "The Philadelphia Story", and Martha Scott in "Our Town". I highly recommend that you watch it and decide for yourself. It is well worth the viewing.
Remarkable performances by...Dennis Morgan and James Craig. As well as a stunning performance by Ginger Rogers...
Highly recommended as as staple for all gay men to view when confronting issues about making the right decision when it comes to choosing a man. Choose the happy go lucky one, Dennis Morgan, or the sincere stable career oriented James Craig who is the obvious and RIGHT choice for Ginger to make... Finally after years of playing the field in Philadelphia or NYC Ginger the in end makes the "right choice" ...Judas Priest...
Also making a stunning performance as her Irish father is Ernest Cossart.
A must see film equally appealing the the maine line audience as well as the gay audience who will appreciate the subtle yet right choice made by Kitty Foyle. I urge you to not only vies but buy your own copy and have it available for viewing when ever the thought or interest peaks and get revitalized with a movie that you will enjoy seeing over and over and over again tirelessly... Mark my work!!!
Nice movie. The plot was a little loose, but that seems to happen many times in film adaptations of books. Of course, maybe the book wasn't that great either.
The sexist message at the beginning of the film regarding women's "equal rights" was interesting, since most women consider they did not achieve that status (and still haven't completely) until 20+ years later.
Ginger's portrayal of Kitty Foyle was good but not Oscar-worthy (her competition must have been easy prey), and I'm sure Katharine Hepburn (who turned down the part) would have given it the depth she did not. Ernest Cossart's portrayal of her "Pop" was outstanding. All other principal characters' performances were barely more than adequate.
But all in all, it's worth the watch, especially for Fred and Ginger fans who will pick up on many affectations used in her films with Fred Astaire.
And you can't miss the irony when she and Wyn finger-drum out tunes and try and figure out what they are - one guess being "Night and Day," and the other being "Three Little Words," music from films in which Fred Astaire appears.
Poor Ginger - she just can't shake that Trilby image. :-D
I love anything withn Ginger Rogers. I've seen almost all her movies. I am looking for the film Weekend at theWaldorf. I also lime the title of the film alot Kitty Foyle is a about a girl who wishes she be rich.