TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story / Stage Door / Little Women / Morning Glory)
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TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Katharine Hepburn (4FE)
MORNING GLORY (1933), LITTLE WOMEN (1933), STAGE DOOR (1937), THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940 TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Katharine Hepburn (4FE) 6000073851 MORNING GLORY (1933) Katharine Hepburn won her first Academy Award® as Best Actress in this, her third film performance. She stars as Eva Lovelace, a girl from a New England country town who has but one burning ambition: to become a successful stage actress. Arriving in New York, she manages to make friends quickly and even lands a small part in a Broadway show. Her big chance comes when the producer Louis Easton (Adolph Menjou) fires the star (Mary Duncan) and puts Eva on stage. Naturally, she's a smash! Success also brings romance, and Eva becomes entangled in a love triangle with Easton and Writer Joseph Sheridan (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.). INCLUDES: Subtitles: English & Français (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled). LITTLE WOMEN (1933) Directed by George Cukor, this charming 1933 version of Louisa May Alcott's literary classic won overwhelming support (plus an Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay). All tomboyishness and spunk, Hepburn is Jo, the center of the Civil War-era tale of heart and hearth. Released during the depths of the Depression, the film buoyed Americans' spirits. It still does. INCLUDES: Scoring Session Music Cues • Notes on the Hepburn/Cukor Collaboration & Awards Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled). STAGE DOOR (1937) Ginger Rogers and Ann Miller tap in time and rat-a-tat lines. Lucille Ball braves a date with an obnoxious lumber baron. Eve Arden can't recall Hamlet, but one meets so many people in the big city. And Hepburn becomes Broadway's biggest star in a play wherein she notes "the calla lilies are in bloom again." A fast, witty story of aspiring actresses living at a theatrical boarding house. What matters most to an acting hopeful is an open door. With humor and heart, this excellent movie suggests some things matter more. INCLUDES: Musical Short Ups and Downs, Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Production with Ginger Rogers and Rosalind Russell Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled). THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) Here comes the bride! And the ex-husband. And a gossip-rag columnist on assignment. Here come Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart in a peerless comedy romance (directed by George Cukor) about a faultfinding, bride-to-be socialite who gets her comeuppance and an unexpected Mr. Right. Hepburn rekindled her stardom with a beguiling reprise of her 1939 Broadway role. Stewart won his only Best Actor Academy Award®* as the wisecracking scribe. INCLUDES: Commentary by Historian Jeanine Basinger • George Cukor Movie Trailer Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).]]>
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Hepburn earned raves (and an Oscar) for her portrayal of a struggling Broadway actress in MORNING GLORY. Fresh off the train from her smalltown, armed with a letter from George Bernard Shaw, Eva Lovelace ("I added the 'Lace'") storms the office of Broadway impresario Louis Easton (Adolph Menjou), determined on making her mark on the New York stage. But success will only come after months of living on the edge of poverty, and even then, perhaps only ever be a fleeting "morning glory"...
"The Calla Lillies are in bloom again..." Hepburn uttered those immortal words in STAGE DOOR. Playing a role not terribly far away from "Morning Glory"'s Eva Lovelace, Hepburn is Terry Randall, an actress who also needs to stake her claim on Broadway - but without the influence of her wealthy family. Bunking in at a theatrical boarding house (crammed with the likes of Eve Arden, Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, Gail Patrick and Ginger Rogers), Terry's climb to the top will also trigger the descent of another stage-struck wannabe...
The 1933 RKO production of LITTLE WOMEN is still considered the all-time definitive screen version of Louisa May Alcott's literary favourite. Hepburn relished the chance to play tomboyish Jo March in all her gangly glory. Hers is one of the great heroines, with a fine supporting cast (Frances Dee, Edna May Oliver, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas and Jean Parker--heartbreaking as Beth). Savour the delicious parlour pantomime "The Witch's Curse", and the ornate Civil War-era costumes.
Hepburn returned to the top of her form in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, first on the Broadway stage and again on film in 1942. Playwright Philip Barry reputedly based this frothy romantic comedy on the real Hepburn clan. Playing Long Island heiress Tracy Lord, Hepburn is squashed between three would-be love interests, including a newspaper photographer (Jimmy Stewart) and an ex-husband (Cary Grant).
Extra features will replicate those featured on the previous DVD releases:
Katharine Hepburn Collection (Morning Glory / Undercurrent / Sylvia Scarlett / Without Love / Dragon Seed / The Corn Is Green) ("Morning Glory" was previously only available in this bigger set)