Meg, Michelle, Cary Grant and James Stewart: A Pfeiffer Philadelphia Story?

Sometimes, if you’re a film fan, you just suddenly find yourself in recasting mode. It comes with the territory. You’re watching a film, yet something in you imagines the whole thing with other favourite performers onboard. You play out the film in your head till finally your (recast) version’s as real as the actual one.Having watched so many classic era comedies recently I’ve started to see the same swiftness of pace and sharp dialogue in One Fine Day. I can easily see Cary Grant for Clooney, Katharine Hepburn or Myrna Loy for Pfeiffer in this one.While we’re in Grant and Hepburn territory, might as well deal with The Philadelphia Story. In the sisterhood of sublime Screwball Women, Katharine Hepburn occupies a place of honour. Her name looms large and luminous over this film, but at her best and most beguiling, Meg Ryan would have been the natural, inescapable choice to cast a spell on Cary Grant and James Stewart.Trumping that theory is Michelle Pfeiffer. As a gorgeous, hilarious throwback to the shimmering screwball queens of yore, she could have been an even sweeter proposition for the role of Tracy Lord. laugh-wise; looks-wise or talent-wise.It’s a game of Sophie’s Choice. It makes me dizzy. Jimmy Stewart wowed by Meg in the full Indian summer of her beauty, or Cary Grant flirting with Pfeiffer? Either scenario would be mind-blowing. Ridiculous. Sexy. Ridiculously sexy.



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10 responses to “Meg, Michelle, Cary Grant and James Stewart: A Pfeiffer Philadelphia Story?

  1. I would love to see Michelle and Cary in The Philadelphia Story!

  2. Great post 🙂 Please do not erase this post because I love this post 🙂 As for The Philadelphia Story casting, it seems we have come to another case of the Diner dilemma as I call it (“Sinatra or Mathis?”) 🙂

    Personally, I think one can not go wrong with either actress casted as Tracy Lord. As for Bringing Up Baby, I would cast Ryan as Susan Vance. I mean, she just has that level of wackiness. Now here is my question for you Paul 🙂 How would you cast Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • Oh that’s a good one John. Pfeiffer is the better singer, Meg was more bodacious, I can just picture her singing Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, one of the greatest blonde musical numbers in cinema history.

  3. Holy cow, I never gave it much thought, but you are right on , with those character changes. I can so see it. Of course you mentioned all my favorite old timers 🙂 I could watch Cary Grant every day all day:)

  4. I’ve somehow missed this and your subsequent posts. Not sure how that happened. Popped round your blog to see if all was ok. Whew…you’re still here. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Thanks for the thought. You probably missed these posts because I’ve a bad habit of posting and deleting before people get a chance to drop by. It’s not surprising people have got fed up of it. Have a nice week my friend.

      • Hey hey…no, I never get fed up with you deleting and adding…that doesn’t stop me reading your posts. I really think it is because I’ve not been checking each day so miss some.
        Have a wonderful week too and thanks for your wishes.
        From sunny Switzerland…

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