Episode 61, January 26, 2018: The Philadelphia Story

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We discuss Katharine Hepburn's love for Pall Malls, strip club buffets, and when the television was made available.

Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.

Show Notes:

2DudeReview - Episode 61: The Philadelphia Story

Bet questions:
Cary Grant 1904 – 1986 c
Katharine Hepburn 1907 – 2003 b
James Stewart 1908 – 1997 b
Ruth Hussey 1911 – 2005
John Howard (Geo K) 1913 - 1995
Roland Young (Uncle Willie) 1887 – 1953 b
John Halliday (Seth Lord) 1884 - 1947
Nary Nash (Mother Lord) 1884 - 1976
67 Weldler (Dinah Lord) 1927 - 1968
Henry Daniel (Sidney Kidd) 1894 - 1963

Philadelphia Story
Director: George Cukor
Writers: Donald Ogden Stewart (no relation), Philip Barry
Starring: Cary Grant (CK Dexter Haven) , Katharine Hepburn (Tracy Lord), Jimmy Stewart (Macaulay aka Mike Connor, Ruth Hussey (Elizabeth Imbrie)

Characters: George Kittredge, Uncle Willie, Seth Lord, Margret Lord, Dinah Lord, Sidney Kidd

This was loosely based on Helen Hope Montgomery Scott. Vanity Fair called her the “unofficial queen of Philadelphia’s WASP oligarchy.”
Tracy Lord was written for Katharine Hepburn. This role took away her previous title of “box office poison” after a string of bad movies in the 1930s.
Cary Grant had 2 requests: he wanted top billing and he wanted his salary of 137,000 to be paid directly to the British war relief effort.
This was the only Oscar that Jimmy Stewart won, even though he was nominated the previous year for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He beat out Henry Fonda for Grapes of Wrath. He was not even planning on attending the Oscar
ceremony that year, except he received a phone call to slip into a dinner jacket and attend the ceremony. This was before an accounting firm kept the results in a vault.
Salaries: Cary Grant, 137,500; Katharine Hepburn, 75,000 as well as 175,000 to sell the play’s movie rights plus a percentage of the box office; Jimmy Stewart, 15,000.
In the scene when Macaulay Connor shows up drunk at C.K. Dexter Haven’s place and he was about to talk, he improvised a hiccup, and Grant improvised his “Excuse me” response.
The movie was not only turned into a Broadway play, of which Hepburn reprised her role for a couple of months, as well as a radio play in 1942. Hepburn, Grant and Stewart all came back for their roles.
It took 8 weeks to shoot the film and there were no retakes.
Alan Rickman named this as one of his favorite romantic movies.
The song Dinah plays, “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” first appeared in a Marx Brothers move and became one of Groucho Marx’s signature tunes.

Lydia, oh! Lydia, say have you met Lydia
Oh! Lydia, the tattooed lady
She has eyes that folks adore so
And a torso even more so
Lydia, oh! Lydia, that "Encyclopedia" 
Oh! Lydia, the Queen of tattoo
On her back is the Battle of Waterloo
Beside it the Wreck of the Hesperus too
And proudly above the waves 
The Red, White and Blue
You can learn a lot from Lydia
She can give you a view of the world 
In tattoo if you step up and tell her where
For a dime you can see Kankakee or Paree
Or Washington crossing the Delaware
Oh! Lydia, oh! Lydia, say have you met Lydia
Oh! Lydia, the tattooed lady
When her muscles start relaxin'
Up the hill comes Andrew Jackson
Lydia, oh! Lydia, that "Encyclopedia" 
Oh! Lydia, the champ of them all
For two bits she will do a Mazurka in Jazz
With a view of Niag'ra that no artist has
And on a clear day you can see Alcatraz
You can learn a lot from Lydia. 
La la la La la la La la la La la la
Come along and see Buff'lo Bill with his lasso
Just a little classic by Mendel Picasso
Here is Captain Spaulding exploring the Amazon
And Godiva, but with her pajamas on
La la la La la la La la la La la la
Here is Grover Whalen unveilin' the Trylon
Over on the west coast we have Treasure Islan'
Here's Nijinsky a doin' the Rhumba
Here's her Social Security numba
La la la La la la La la la La la la
Lydia, oh! Lydia, say have you met Lydia
Oh! Lydia, the champ of them all
She once swept an Admiral clear off his feet
The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat
And now the old boy's in command of the fleet

Rotten Tomatoes:
The Philadelphia Story, 100%
My Fair Lady, 1964, George Cukor, Directed, 96%
North by Northwest, 1959, Cary Grant, 100%
On Golden Pond, 1981, Katharine Hepburn, 92%
It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946, Jimmy Stewart, 94%
Philadelphia, 1996, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, 78%
Rocky, Sylvester Stallone, 93%
Invincible, Mark Wahlberg, 2006
Trading Places, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, 1983, 86%
Mannequin, Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, 1987, 22%
12 Monkeys, Bruce Willis, 1995, 88%
The Sixth Sense
Italian Job
National Treasure
Marley and Me

Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: C+
Brian's Grade: A
Karina's Grade: A+