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Kitty Foyle

Title card for the film
Directed by Sam Wood
Produced by David Hempstead
Harry E. Edington
Written by Dalton Trumbo
Donald Ogden Stewart
Starring Ginger Rogers
Dennis Morgan
James Craig
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Robert De Grasse
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) December 27, 1940
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Kitty Foyle, subtitled The Natural History of a Woman, is a 1940 film starring Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig, Ernest Cossart and Gladys Cooper.

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Plot

Ginger Rogers as Kitty Foyle

On a snowy eve, Kitty Foyle (Ginger Rogers), an executive at Delphine Detaille's fashion house, is confronted with a choice that will change the course of her life: to marry Mark Eisen (James Craig), a young, sincere doctor, or to sail away with Wyn Stafford (Dennis Morgan), with whom she has been in love for years and who has just re-entered her life. As she wrestles with her conscience, Kitty thinks back to her youth in Philadelphia: young Kitty gawks at the society "Main Liners" and dreams of her Prince Charming, disregarding the advice of her father, who warns her against trying to go out of her class.

Five years later, Kitty meets her prince in the person of wealthy Wyn Strafford, who is so charmed by the girl that he offers her a job at his fledgling magazine. The two fall in love, but Wyn does not have the courage to break from his life in Philadelphia's Main Line society. After her beloved father's death, Kitty goes to New York, where she begins to date Mark while she still longing for Wyn. Wyn finally comes for Kitty and the two are married, but when he takes her home, his family wants to "remake" her and she rebels. Kitty forces Wyn to make a choice, but he remains a prisoner of his family's money and position and the marriage is annulled.

Kitty returns to New York, where she learns in rapid succession that she is pregnant and that Wyn is to marry a Philadelphia socialite. Kitty's plans to rear the child by herself come to an abrupt end when the infant dies in childbirth. Several years later, Kitty returns to Philadelphia to open a branch of the Delphine Detaille fashion house and has a chance encounter with Wyn's wife and son. Finally, as Kitty ponders her past, she decides that there is only one future for her, and she leaves to marry the waiting Mark.

Cast

Production

Katharine Hepburn was offered the title role but turned it down.

The film was adapted by Dalton Trumbo and Donald Ogden Stewart, from the eponymous 1939 novel by Christopher Morley. It was directed by Sam Wood.

Critical reception

It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay. Ginger Rogers won for Best Actress.

In 1951, in a series of articles examining film adaptation, Lester Asheim, notes that some films "reproduce the costume, housing, and appearance of the novel's prototypes without softening or heightening," but that Kitty Foyle shows the more typical "glamorizing" process of film adaptation:

Kitty Foyle is typical, in every aspect of the adaptation, of the daydream character of film characterization. The glamorizing process carries through from the casting of Ginger Rogers and the Hollywood wardrobe provided her, to such added incidents as Wyn renting an entire nightclub for a night.... While the film retains a scene or two of Kitty's crowded apartment shared with two other girls, such scenes are played for comedy and no attempt is made to convey the day-to-day monotony and routine of the working girl.[1]

Rogers' dress became a popular style, taking the name of the film.

The film had a national re-release in 1955.

Adaptations to Other Media

Kitty Foyle was adapted as a radio play on the May 25, 1941 episode of Lux Radio Theater with Ginger Rogers reprising her role. Rogers also starred in the April 6, 1946 adaptation heard on Academy Award Theater. On March 3, 1947 it was produced for The Screen Guild Theater, starring Olivia de Havilland.

Kitty Foyle was also a TV soap opera starring Kathleen Murray as Kitty Foyle

References

  1. ^ Asheim, Lester (Summer 1951). "From Book to Film: Mass Appeals". Hollywood Quarterly 5 (4): 341. OCLC 56138080. ISSN 1549-0076.  

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