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7 /10
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8.20 /10
Katherine Hepburn , Cary Grant , Doris Nolan
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Directed by: George Cukor
Written by: Donald Ogden Stewart, Sidney Buchman from Philip Barry's play

Released: 1938
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 93

A rich, stuffy family is disrupted by the arrival of a suitor (Cary Grant) who's a social dropout.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Cary Grant makes a surprising amount out of an underwritten role, investing it with great vitality and charm. Katharine Hepburn (pictured right) is at her most tomboyish and free-spirited in this justly celebrated romantic comedy, which is talky and predictable but thoroughly entertaining. The message - that riches are futile - struck a chord in the Depression, but now seems a shade facile. However, the film as a whole is anything but escapist; running through it is a dark subtext about infidelity, alcoholism and self-destructive behaviour.

Surprisingly, the only Oscar nomination received was for the art direction, by Stephen Gooson and Lionel Banks.

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