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    The Philadelphia Story (MGM, 1940). Three Sheet (41" X 81"). Katharine Hepburn left Hollywood in 1938 with the stigma of "box office poison", returning to Broadway in a play that was written especially for her, Philip Barry's "The Philadelphia Story." The play opened at the Shubert Theatre in New York on March 29, 1939 to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Soon, offers began pouring in from Hollywood for the screen rights, which Hepburn had purchased with borrowed money from her ex-lover Howard Hughes. She accepted MGM's offer, which incidentally, was not the highest, but would give her approval of her leading men and director. She got her choice of director, George Cukor, but not her choice of leading men, Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable. She had to settle for Cary Grant, who insisted on top billing, and James Stewart. The film opened to enormous critical acclaim and broke box office records around the country. Among its Oscar nominations in 1940 were Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. James Stewart (Best Actor) and Donald Ogden Stewart (Best Screenplay) took home the honors, and though Hepburn didn't win the Oscar for her performance, the "box office poison" slur would be forever refuted. There has been minor touch-up to the fold lines, otherwise this gorgeous poster is in extraordinary condition. Very Fine+ on Linen.

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    November, 2004
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