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Kitty Foyle [DVD]

Ginger Rogers , Dennis Morgan , Sam Woods    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig, Eduardo Ciannelli
  • Directors: Sam Woods
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051NGUU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,327 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

First UK DVD release of this 1940 drama from RKO Pictures. Superstar Ginger Rogers (Top Hat, Stage Door) won her only Oscar as the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who falls in love for a dashing young socialite. Kitty Foyle (Rogers) is infatuated by well-to-do Wyn Stafford (Dennis Morgan God is My Co-Pilot). But, scared of losing his place in respectable society, Wyn is reluctant to marry Kitty, who lacks the pedigree his family expects. Distraught, Kitty moves to New York and begins a new romance with decent Dr Mark Eisen (James Craig The Devil and Daniel Webster). But she still yearns for Wyn; when he follows her to the city, she is forced to make a choice that will affect her entire life... OSCAR WINNER IN 1941 BEST ACTRESS - GINGER ROGERS 4 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars kitty foyle 5 Sep 2011
this is a great dvd ginger rogers deserved her oscar for this.i love old movies and this is great to watch on a sunday afternoon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Rogers Never Fails to Surprise Me. 19 May 2013
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Kitty Foyle was the only Oscar win for Ginger Rogers, why, I'll never know as she was a fine actress and starred in a good few worth the same accolade. Going back to Kitty Foyle. It is a delight to see this versatile actress go from joy to real misery, then back again.
She dominated the screen with her meltingly lovely face, wonder figure and acting abilities. Biased? Yes I am, but with good reason.
This is a movie to enjoy with all of the ups and downs of a girl who wants to be loved, only falls for the wrong guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Foyle 23 May 2012
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Nice to see Miss Ginger Rogers in a straight role,a mixture of fun and drama. A great service from this seller.Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fredless Rodgers is a rather good actress. 27 Jun 2014
By LeBrit
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Films this old shouldn't be this good, but compared with the latest rubbish from the USA this one is subtle, intelligent. witty. moving and sublime. I love you Ginger Rodgers = loved you with that dancing beanpole Astaire (the best dancer nevertheless). They way you appeared to respond to every move, gesture, word - I was jealous let me tell you. But I rise above this and love you nevertheless. Damn, I wish I didn't have three left feet and could dance like Fred did.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Rogers Shines 9 Nov 2005
By Bobby Underwood - Published on
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Ginger Rogers was very popular, both within the Hollywood community, and with the moviegoing public. With two strong performances in 1940, she took home the Oscar despite strong competition. Rogers perfectly captured the dilema of every American girl who worked for a living. Her portrayel of a young woman having to decide between a young woman's daydream of what love would be like and the real thing is flawless. Sam Wood directed this very entertaining film based on Christopher Morley's popular book.

Ginger is Kitty Foyle, a career girl from Philadelphia who falls for her boss, Wyn Strafford (Dennis Morgan), in what she thinks is everything she's dreamed about all her life. Wood used a snowglobe as a transitional device to Kitty's flashbacks of their romance, just as George Stevens had used a phonograph in Penny Serenade the previous year. Kitty and Wyn are no longer together, their brief marriage ending in divorce when it finally becomes clear to Kitty that her Irish American moxie can not overcome Wyn's old-money family in their Darby Mill--Griscom Street romance.

Kitty has moved on and has a chance for something real with a young but poor doctor portrayed by James Craig. But it is a down to earth and more practical love, and when Wyn suddenly appears to take her away once more, but not as his wife, she must decide which path to choose. As she packs to run away with Wyn, she argues with her conscience and remembers.

Ernest Cossart is very good as Kitty's pop, trying to steer her in the right direction. He may have been born four drinks below par, as Kitty affectionately teases him, but he is wise enough to see Wyn's weak character, which will never allow him to break from his society family and make a real life with his daughter. Kitty will face two tragedies simultaneously in this warm and sentimental story of an American working girl trying to have it all.

Rogers did deserve the Oscar because she is everything in this film. She may have been the only actress around who could have so readily been accepted to represent an entire generation of young women during the 1940's. They viewed her as one of their own, even though the glamour of Hollywood was part of her story as well. She was the American girl made good, and her performance here is flawless.

A fine ending showed not only Kitty's Irish American moxie, but her growth and maturity as well. This is a fine film with a terrific performance from Ginger Rogers that is very much a product of the era it was made. A fine score from Roy Webb adds to this gentle story of letting the dream of love go in favor of the real thing. A must own for Ginger's fans and a good one for film buffs to add to their collection.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger's victory all the way 6 Jun 2004
By Steven L. Katz - Published on
Any best actress oscar winner of 1940 would have been controversial. I think Ginger deserved it as well as any of the others. She is wonderful in this drama, and she portrays KItty with a certain realness. watch her facial expressions. I believe that Ginger had the most expressive and beautiful eyes in hollywood history. after losing her baby in childbirth, kitty's look on her face whenever she sees a child afterwards is devestating. the whole cast is fine, and you could cut Gin and Dennis Morgan's chemistry with a knife. Ginger had a strange power to bring out so much chemistry from all her leading men. In the early scenes, she is adorable as little kitty. I don't believe that this is a soap opera, because the situations are NOT ridiculous and the characters are very real, but nevertheless it is a heavier type of drama, so don't expect a SWING TIME-like experience, and keep the tissues handy. I highly recommend this film, not only for Ginger's performance, but for the movie as a whole.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Ginger.... 14 Dec 2006
By January Lim - Published on
After loving her in all 10 Astaire & Rogers films PLUS enjoying her performance in "Stage Door," I could not get enough of that sassy blonde who couldn't stop from spitting out one wisecrack after another.

Lo and behold, she can do more than just sing, dance, and act like a tough-street-smart gal.... she can convincingly portray an entire range of human emotions known to man. and do it well.

I am not biased when I say that Ginger Rogers' performance in this film is flawless. The story is now a bit old-fashioned for the modern-day-audience but in her quiet and loud "Judas Priest" moments are filled with motivation and meaning. There were moments where she could bring me to absolute tears. and during the entire duration of the film, I was constantly empathizing with Kitty.

The only problem I had was maybe seeing her playing Kitty as a 15 year old. In all honesty, it was not believable that a woman with such mature looks could be an early teen.

But no matter no matter... Ginger was out to prove something when she took on this role and by Judas Priest, she truly did. On an important sidenote, Dennis Morgan is absolutely beautiful as the idealistic and romantic Wynn.

(I suggest, if you haven't already, watching "Stage Door"... a more flashy role and yet, another subtle, believable performance!)
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Rogers in a working girl dilemma 6 Jun 2003
By Simon Davis - Published on
Ginger Rogers really came into her own as the dramatic heroine of RKO's drama "Kitty Foyle" after her legendary collaborations with fred Astaire during the 1930's. Despite being almost solely regarded as Astaire's dancing partner Ginger Rogers had done a large number of films of a non dancing nature and by 1939 with their teamings coming to an end was anxious to develop her very fine comic and dramatic abilities. As seen in the previous years classic "Bachelor Mother", with David Niven she proved to be totally up to the task and this was followed in 1940 by the Sam Wood directed "Kitty Foyle", for which Rogers was awarded the Academy Award as Best Actress.
"Kitty Foyle" tells the quite simple story of a modern White Collar working girl who finds herself in the position of being courted by two entirely different men from different stations in life. Wyn Strafford (Dennis Morgan) offers Kitty the glamour of Philadelphia society in a lifestyle of priveldge, position and very set social values, while struggling intern Mark Eisen (James Craig) has only himself and his dreams to offer her. Growing up in the poor part of town Kitty as a child dreamt of the sort of life that Wyn represents, beautiful clothes, nice cars and appearances at all the society events like Philadephia's Assembly evening. Meeting and falling in love with Wyn Kitty thinks that all those earlier dreams have come true and soon she finds herself being swept off her feet into marriage with one of Philadelphia's best families. Meeting his family however finds Kitty being made only too aware of her humble beginnings and this clash of two different levels of society results in Kitty divorcing Wyn only to discover that she is carrying Wyn's child which she later loses in childbirth. Happily reciprocating Mark's uncomplicated love for her that involves no standards for her to be meeting, Kitty becomes engaged to him. Then as if by magic Wyn returns to her life yet again and momentarily arouses all those old passionate feelings she still has for him that she never really feels for Mark. With an offer to go away with him to South America, Kitty is for a moment prepared to abandon all to live this dream with Wyn again when her conscience reminds her of just what type of position she is placing herself in with the still married Wyn. Kitty begins to realise what a fine person Mark is and that he is a man who really loves her for herself and is waiting to marry her and give her the type of loving existence she really craves. Back to her senses Kitty decides to go ahead and marry Mark and have the loving marriage she has always wanted where she is appreciated for what she is, not who.
Vintage soap opera it is indeed but "Kitty Foyle", shines with real characters and emotions that we can all identify with. Dennis Morgan does wonderful work as the besotted Wyn, the victim of family background and expectations and his screen chemistry with Ginger Rogers is magical and very romantic. James Craig as the humble doctor has the less flashy role of the two men but his simple playing and sincere dialogue really hits the right note in playing a character that has nothing but love to offer his beloved. There was alot of controversy in 1940 about whether Ginger Rogers really deserved the Oscar over the quite formidable competiton that year from Katherine Hepburn in "The Philadelphia Story", and especially Joan Fontaine in "Rebecca". The jury will always be out on that one I guess but Rogers playing of Kitty is wonderful and she has her best scene in her confrontation with Wyn's mother (Gladys Cooper in a small but wonderful performance). For that scene alone where she drives home a few truths about their family and the rules they live by, some award should have been forecoming.
Nominated for a total of five Academy Awards "Kitty Foyle",could never be regarded as one of Hollywood's unforgettable classics. Ginger Rogers helps lift what is basically a soap opera to a higher level with her assured playing of the typical working girl who is both romantic and practical. It's a joy to see her in a dramatic role and it led the way for some other great dramatic performances by Rogers through the 1940's decade. Take a look at the ultimate working girl saga in the Sam Wood directed "Kitty Foyle".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Constructed Motion Picture! 18 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on
When I first saw this drama/comedy/melodrama, I had nearly cried at Ginger Rogers' Oscar winning performance. This was her best role. Such a creative joy to watch, I only hated one thing about it; when the screen read THE END after the 108 minutes! This movie was a masterpiece. I loved how Kitty met all her men "by chance", and the somewhat ironical ending. This is a true recommendation for any age. When I first saw it, I rented it for free at my local library, and now I'm thinking of buying it. Thanks a million for my library for bringing it to me for free the first time around!
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