Got A Girl Crush On: Katherine Hepburn as Tracy Lord in “A Philadelphia Story”
Talk about a saucy broad. Not sure how this movie had slipped passed my seeing until this past weekend, but check the plot of this classic from 1940:
Tracy Samantha Lord Haven (Katharine Hepburn) is a wealthy socialite who had divorced C. K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), because he did not measure up to her exacting standards. She is about to marry nouveau riche "man of the people" George Kittredge.
The publisher of Spy magazin is eager to cover the wedding, and blackmails Dexter into introducing tabloid reporter Macaulay “Mike” Connor (Jimmy Stewart) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) as friends of the family so they can report on the wedding. Tracy is not fooled, but reluctantly agrees to let them stay, after Dexter explains that Kidd has an innuendo-laden article about Tracy’s father.
Dexter is welcomed back with open arms by Tracy’s mother and teenage sister Dinah, much to Tracy’s annoyance. In addition, Tracy gradually discovers that Mike has admirable qualities. Thus, as the wedding nears, Tracy finds herself torn between her fiancé, her ex-husband, and the reporter.
The night before the wedding, Tracy gets drunk for only the second time in her life and takes an innocent swim with Mike. When George sees Mike carrying an intoxicated Tracy into the house afterwards, he thinks the worst. The next day, he tells her that he was shocked and feels entitled to an explanation before going ahead with the wedding. Tracy takes exception to his lack of faith in her and breaks off the engagement. Then she realizes that all the guests have arrived and are waiting for the ceremony to begin. Mike volunteers to marry her, but Tracy graciously declines. At this point, Dexter makes his bid for her hand, which she accepts
Marriage! Divorce! Ex husband! Fiance! Swimming with reporters! Kate fires on all cylinders and takes no crap from anyone, and even while wearing pants! Seriously 1940 had some on 2010!