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Quality Street (1937)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 March 1937 (USA)
In the 1810s, an old maid poses as her own niece in order to teach her onetime beau a lesson.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

J.M. Barrie (by) (as Sir James M. Barrie), Allan Scott (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Phoebe Throssel
Franchot Tone ... Dr. Valentine Brown
Eric Blore ... Recruiting Sergeant
Fay Bainter ... Susan Throssel
Cora Witherspoon ... Patty
Estelle Winwood ... Mary Willoughby
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Storyline

It's 1805 England, specifically on Quality Street, where a gentleman passerby is an event, not only for the lady being called upon, but also for the ever watching nosy female neighbors. Based on recent events, twenty year old Phoebe Throssel believes that a proposal of marriage from Dr. Valentine Brown is imminent. However, what Dr. Brown has come to tell Phoebe is that he has enlisted in the army to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, with no mention of any romantic feeling for her from his side. Fast forward ten years. Phoebe and her similarly older spinster sister Susan now run a school. The years and situation have not been kind to Phoebe, now thirty, drab and thus considered an unmarriable spinster. Upon Captain Brown's arrival back to Quality Street, he, by his immediate reaction to seeing Phoebe, too has noticed how Phoebe has changed from what he previously knew as a pretty young thing. Heartbroken, Phoebe, if only for herself, decides to regain some of her youth by paying attention... Written by Huggo

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spinster | school | maid | niece | old maid | See All (45) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rua da Vaidade See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu Lake, California, USA

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original Broadway play starred legendary actress Maude Adams. It opened at the Knickerbocker Theatre in New York on November 11, 1901 and ran for 64 performances. See more »

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Dr. Valentine Brown: You look so... so tired.
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1805 England Quality Street Where a gentleman passerby is an event.

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A little silly
31 October 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

On Quality Street, women occupy their time by either witnessing or passing gossip about their friends and neighbors. Whenever there's a gentleman caller, all the neighbors peer out their windows and stare, taking note of how he was dressed, if he brought flowers, and how long he stayed. What else is there to do in 1805?

Katharine Hepburn and her old maid sister Fay Bainter live on Quality Street, and while they primarily socialize with other old maids and gossipers in town, Kate has one particular friend she treasures: the dashing Franchot Tone. She's known Franchot for a year, and when she thinks he's going to propose, the rumor gets spread all over town. It turns out he enlisted in the army instead, and Kate feels humiliated. Ten years later, Franchot comes home from the war. He's a little gray at the temples, and Kate is no longer the blushing beauty he remembers. Can they fall in love again or is it too late?

While it has an intriguing premise, the rest of the film is pretty silly. In order to get him back, Kate throws caution to the wind and acts like a harlot with all the other men in town, and her mischief-making gets a little long in the tooth after a few scenes. It is great fun to see Kate all dolled up, though. She's more beautiful than she's ever looked in her movies, and her flirtations are charming and sweet. I'm fans of both Kate and Franchot, but Fay Bainter was my favorite character in the film. She was unselfish and a wonderful sister, and I wish she'd taken some screen time away from Kate's silliness.


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