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Kitty Foyle (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 27 December 1940 (USA)
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A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Christopher Morley (A novel by), Dalton Trumbo (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Rogers ... Kitty Foyle
Dennis Morgan ... Wyn Strafford
James Craig ... Mark Eisen
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Giono (as Edward Ciannelli)
Ernest Cossart ... Tom Foyle
Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Strafford
Odette Myrtil ... Delphine Detaille
Mary Treen ... Pat Day
K.T. Stevens ... Molly (as Katharine Stevens)
Walter Kingsford ... Mr. Kennett
Cecil Cunningham ... Grandmother
Nella Walker ... Aunt Jessica
Edward Fielding ... Uncle Edgar
Kay Linaker ... Veronica Strafford
Richard Nichols ... Wyn Strafford VII
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Storyline

A white collar worker from a blue collar family, Kitty Foyle has spent her so far short adult life in her hometown of Philadelphia or New York City. She has had two serious relationships, one associated with each city and each man with who she falls in love but in vastly different ways. "Philadelphia" is blue blooded Wyn Strafford VI. Wyn hires Kitty to be his secretary, he the editor for his pet project, a magazine, which is funded by family money. Kitty's now deceased father, despite liking Wyn as a person, warned Kitty against falling in love with him, regardless of his outward intentions, as his type always returned to his own kind. If she believes her father, Kitty may come to the realization that if a union with Wyn were to ever happen, it would not only be to him but to his family and their traditions, they who may have some say in the matter. After the magazine folds, it not making any money, Kitty is forced to look for another job, she feeling she would have more ... Written by Huggo

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The natural history of a woman. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kitty Foyle See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 6, 1946 with Ginger Rogers reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When Kitty and Wyn are in a speakeasy, the 1932 election returns are being broadcast over the radio. The announcer says that FDR has won Pennsylvania. Hoover won Pennsylvania in 1932. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Foyle: Let's get a few things straight here! I didn't ask to marry a Strafford, a Strafford asked to marry me. I married a man, not an institution or a trust fund or a bank. Oh, I've got a fine picture of your family conference here. All the Straffords trying to figure out how to take the curse off of Kitty Foyle. Buy the girl a phony education, polish off the rough edges. And make a Mainline doll out of her! Aww, you oughta know better than that! It takes six generations to make a bunch of people ...
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Connections

Referenced in Trumbo (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Daisy Bell
(1892) (uncredited)
aka "A Bicycle Built for Two"
Written by Harry Dacre
Played as background music in the prologue
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Savvy star-vehicle
23 November 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Story of a working girl stuck on two different suitors, one with old-generation money and the other no less than a doctor, comes dangerously close to being a mawkish soap opera, but firm handling by director Sam Wood and an Oscar-winning performance by Ginger Rogers in the lead ultimately make the picture work. Wood's attempts to show the various roles women have played throughout the years are weakly-handled, and the shapeless script seems intent on making the same points over and over again, but there several funny, cynical sequences and some sharp dialogue. Rogers hits a few wrong notes, but her energy and enthusiasm are unmistakable. **1/2 from ****


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