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The Pfeiffer Philadelphia Story

In this age of remakes and reduced attention spans, I often come across people who say “I would never watch something that’s in black and white.” When I hear people talk about classic films like that I always refer them to The Philadelphia Story, and the magic of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart.
grant-hepburn-hussey-and-stewartThe Philadelphia Story is so good I can barely believe my eyes. It’s so original, sharp and witty. I am eternally grateful Hollywood has not remade this film for the modern audience, but I do like to play a game with friends (and strangers) in which we attempt to re-cast this film with contemporary actors. I know it would be akin to repainting Bal du moulin de la Galette. But still… it’s fun.Charismatic ClooneyGeorge Clooney would obviously take the Cary Grant role, and I can only see Tom Hanks as James Stewart, but Hepburn’s Tracy Lord? Oh Lord, I’m torn, because my heart says Meg Ryan, but my head says Michelle.french-kiss-kateRyan had the perfect mix of beauty, brains, and comedic timing needed to play a screwball heroine, Pfeiffer of course shares all of those talents. She can crack wise and take a fall, but – like Katharine the great – she’ll always be beautiful!
Pfeiffer PfridayAs they proved throughout One Fine Day, there is something about the way Clooney and Michelle interact with each other that just works, and who wouldn’t want the chance to see Michelle work her magic on Tom Hanks?
the-kissMichelle and Tom  would have been a formidable pairing, but as a rom-com couple Clooney and Pfeiffer are a tough act to beat. They may not have done many, but to paraphrase Spencer Tracy what they did was choice.

Sahara MelanieThe Philadelphia Story remade! Who would you cast?



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