Friday, October 08, 2010
Radio review – Lux – “The Philadelphia Story” (1943) **
Philip Barry's play always had things that irritated me (it's snobbishness towards rich people, that awful scene where Tracy's father blames his infidelity on his daughter, the fact Tracy should really go off with the reporter, the undercooked romance between the reporter and the photographer... gee, I've thought about this, haven't I?) - but the playing in the film version and the musical remake were of such a high quality it didn't matter. Here the talent is strictly B grade - Loretta Young, Robert Taylor and Robert Young. Yuck! I mean, I don't mind these actors in other roles but none of them are high comedy experts. Fascinating in a way to listen to for that reason - just not that funny.