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Kitty Foyle (1940)

Ginger Rogers , Dennis Morgan , Joseph Barbera , Sam Wood  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig, Eduardo Ciannelli, Ernest Cossart
  • Directors: Joseph Barbera, Sam Wood, Tex Avery, William Hanna
  • Writers: Christopher Morley, Dalton Trumbo, Donald Ogden Stewart, Rich Hogan
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA4FG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,268 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kitty Foyle" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two classic cartoons: Bad Luck Blackie, Tom and Jerry in Kitty Foiled
  • Two radio productions with Ginger Rogers: 5/5/1941 Lux Radio Theater broadcast, 4/6/1946 Academy Award Theater broadcast
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Known for light comedies and her partnership with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers stepped off the dance floor and into 1940's Oscar spotlight with her Best Actress turn as Kitty, an indomitable working-class girl who endures the rejection of Philadelphia society, makes her own way as a single woman and ultimately chooses between an unmarried arrangement with Main Line scion Wynnewood Strafford VI (Dennis Morgan) or marriage to a struggling physician (James Craig). Rogers' deserved Academy Award confirmed she was more than a dance star - a fact humorously underscored when she returned to the studio and was greeted by staffers and actors in top hats and tails. Jane Wyman won the Best Actress Academy Award for her sensitive portrayal of Belinda, capturing the girl's affecting isolation, awakening desire to learn and ultimate triumph. Directed by Jean Negulesco and co-starring Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford and Agnes Moorehead (all four Oscar nominees* for their fine work), Johnny Belinda (nominated for a total 11 Oscars including Best Picture) blends atmosphere, nuance and high drama into a heartbreaking classic.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Rogers Shines November 9, 2005
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Ginger Rogers was very popular, both within the Hollywood community, and with the moviegoing public. With two strong performances in 1940, she took home the Oscar despite strong competition. Rogers perfectly captured the dilema of every American girl who worked for a living. Her portrayel of a young woman having to decide between a young woman's daydream of what love would be like and the real thing is flawless. Sam Wood directed this very entertaining film based on Christopher Morley's popular book.

Ginger is Kitty Foyle, a career girl from Philadelphia who falls for her boss, Wyn Strafford (Dennis Morgan), in what she thinks is everything she's dreamed about all her life. Wood used a snowglobe as a transitional device to Kitty's flashbacks of their romance, just as George Stevens had used a phonograph in Penny Serenade the previous year. Kitty and Wyn are no longer together, their brief marriage ending in divorce when it finally becomes clear to Kitty that her Irish American moxie can not overcome Wyn's old-money family in their Darby Mill--Griscom Street romance.

Kitty has moved on and has a chance for something real with a young but poor doctor portrayed by James Craig. But it is a down to earth and more practical love, and when Wyn suddenly appears to take her away once more, but not as his wife, she must decide which path to choose. As she packs to run away with Wyn, she argues with her conscience and remembers.

Ernest Cossart is very good as Kitty's pop, trying to steer her in the right direction. He may have been born four drinks below par, as Kitty affectionately teases him, but he is wise enough to see Wyn's weak character, which will never allow him to break from his society family and make a real life with his daughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger's victory all the way June 5, 2004
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Any best actress oscar winner of 1940 would have been controversial. I think Ginger deserved it as well as any of the others. She is wonderful in this drama, and she portrays KItty with a certain realness. watch her facial expressions. I believe that Ginger had the most expressive and beautiful eyes in hollywood history. after losing her baby in childbirth, kitty's look on her face whenever she sees a child afterwards is devestating. the whole cast is fine, and you could cut Gin and Dennis Morgan's chemistry with a knife. Ginger had a strange power to bring out so much chemistry from all her leading men. In the early scenes, she is adorable as little kitty. I don't believe that this is a soap opera, because the situations are NOT ridiculous and the characters are very real, but nevertheless it is a heavier type of drama, so don't expect a SWING TIME-like experience, and keep the tissues handy. I highly recommend this film, not only for Ginger's performance, but for the movie as a whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Ginger.... December 14, 2006
After loving her in all 10 Astaire & Rogers films PLUS enjoying her performance in "Stage Door," I could not get enough of that sassy blonde who couldn't stop from spitting out one wisecrack after another.

Lo and behold, she can do more than just sing, dance, and act like a tough-street-smart gal.... she can convincingly portray an entire range of human emotions known to man. and do it well.

I am not biased when I say that Ginger Rogers' performance in this film is flawless. The story is now a bit old-fashioned for the modern-day-audience but in her quiet and loud "Judas Priest" moments are filled with motivation and meaning. There were moments where she could bring me to absolute tears. and during the entire duration of the film, I was constantly empathizing with Kitty.

The only problem I had was maybe seeing her playing Kitty as a 15 year old. In all honesty, it was not believable that a woman with such mature looks could be an early teen.

But no matter no matter... Ginger was out to prove something when she took on this role and by Judas Priest, she truly did. On an important sidenote, Dennis Morgan is absolutely beautiful as the idealistic and romantic Wynn.

(I suggest, if you haven't already, watching "Stage Door"... a more flashy role and yet, another subtle, believable performance!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Rogers in a working girl dilemma June 5, 2003
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Ginger Rogers really came into her own as the dramatic heroine of RKO's drama "Kitty Foyle" after her legendary collaborations with fred Astaire during the 1930's. Despite being almost solely regarded as Astaire's dancing partner Ginger Rogers had done a large number of films of a non dancing nature and by 1939 with their teamings coming to an end was anxious to develop her very fine comic and dramatic abilities. As seen in the previous years classic "Bachelor Mother", with David Niven she proved to be totally up to the task and this was followed in 1940 by the Sam Wood directed "Kitty Foyle", for which Rogers was awarded the Academy Award as Best Actress.
"Kitty Foyle" tells the quite simple story of a modern White Collar working girl who finds herself in the position of being courted by two entirely different men from different stations in life. Wyn Strafford (Dennis Morgan) offers Kitty the glamour of Philadelphia society in a lifestyle of priveldge, position and very set social values, while struggling intern Mark Eisen (James Craig) has only himself and his dreams to offer her. Growing up in the poor part of town Kitty as a child dreamt of the sort of life that Wyn represents, beautiful clothes, nice cars and appearances at all the society events like Philadephia's Assembly evening. Meeting and falling in love with Wyn Kitty thinks that all those earlier dreams have come true and soon she finds herself being swept off her feet into marriage with one of Philadelphia's best families. Meeting his family however finds Kitty being made only too aware of her humble beginnings and this clash of two different levels of society results in Kitty divorcing Wyn only to discover that she is carrying Wyn's child which she later loses in childbirth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ginger Rogers could not only sing and dance, but she could really act and this movie proves it!!
Published 2 months ago by kathleen burns
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I thought this movie was excellent, I was pleasantly surprised, I love the young Ginger Rogers
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Traylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Old Movies
I purchased this movie for two reasons. I love old movies and my uncle, James Craig, just happens to be in this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. W. Meador
5.0 out of 5 stars So thankful for classic movies available on DVD
This is one of my all time favorite movies so I was so glad to find it available for purchase on DVD!
Published 5 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that Ginger Rogers
Excellent movie. This movie really made my husband and me Ginger Rogers fans. She's not just a dance partner! Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars The Natural History of a Woman!
Christopher Morley's 1939 novel was hot stuff, a best seller about a working girl who has an affair with a society gent, gets pregnant, and has an abortion. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Rogers proves she can act
Ginger Rogers won an Academy Award for her role in this film... although it may have been recognition of her amazing work in "Primrose Path" more than this movie itself. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest!
if I heard that one more time I was gonna scream, he wasn't a priest!! what was with this Philadelphia Assembly anyways, folks in power had old money, not much more than that... Read more
Published 17 months ago by DoMeNiQuE CoE
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Pic
A classic film I never saw before. The ending was good and I enjoyed it.This movie was suggested by my daughter.
Published 17 months ago by Cheeky
1.0 out of 5 stars Not fit for purpose
When I received the item I noticed on the back of the case that it was only for sale in the USA or Canada and when I tried to play the DVD a sign came up on the screen that it... Read more
Published 18 months ago by John Chudley
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