Kitty Foyle

Kitty Foyle

DVD - 2006
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Kitty, a working-class girl, 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 or marriage to a struggling physician.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]
ISBN: 9780780647374
0780647378
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 108 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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As a woman born just around this time, I found this almost painful to watch, but it is an interesting historical take on an American accusative society with a node to social democratic values in the physician.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 27, 2016

VERY GOOD 1940 b/w film starring Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan and James Craig.
Yes, it IS a bit of a period-piece soap-opera, but it's also the complex, well written and acted romantic Cinderella dreams of an Irish white collar shop girl which is based on the best-selling, (but never read by me) book by Christopher Worley.
This is another work that emphasizes the economic contrast between the rich, exclusive Philadelphia upper class and the increasing north eastern US working class, including 'white collar' women.
Apparently they cleaned up the novel's story line a bit in the 1940 film to deal with the 40/50s film Production Code wackiness. It does include a fun reference to 1932 election win of FDR.
Ginger Rogers at age 29 does very well in the acting and drama; she won an Oscar.
Many contemporary people are not aware of the prevalent Hibernophobia ('Irish need not apply - INNA') which came along with Irish diaspora to US). Catholic vs. Protestant was also a part of it. I am a '66 graduate of Seattle's O'Dea High School, a local 'pill hill' located Catholic high school which was primarily staffed by the declining religious order of Christian Brothers of Ireland. Travelling cross town to high school from West Seattle also greatly increased my childhood geographical and cultural influences as I met (and visited in their neighborhoods) with fellow students from all areas of Seattle.
At any rate, I rather enjoyed this dramatic (no singing/dancing) film in my exploration of material from before I was born.

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