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Rated NR · 112 minutes · 1946

Romantic comedy
Philip Barry's witty comedy of manners (1940) about a spoiled rich girl (Katharine Hepburn) who longs for some genuine romance. George Cukor gives it the royal treatment with a splendid supporting cast: Cary Grant as Hepburn's sardonic ex-husband, James Stewart as the streetwise but romantically timorous reporter who falls in love with her, and Ruth Hussey as Stewart's philosophical partner. It checks in a little below Cukor's 1938 Grant-Hepburn-Barry outing, Holiday, a more tender and less cluttered variation on the same theme, but second best in this league is still something special. With John Howard, Roland Young, and Henry Daniell.
Director: George Cukor
Writer: Philip Barry, Donald Stewart and Waldo Salt
Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young, John Halliday, Virginia Weidler, Mary Nash, Henry Daniell and Hillary Brooke

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