Kitty Foyle (1940)




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Though Ginger Rogers' starring vehicles always turned a profit for RKO Radio, many filmgoers thought of Rogers only in terms of "Fred Astaire's partner." Others considered her a delightful comedienne, but no great shakes as a dramatic actress. Thus it was both a personal and professional triumph when Ms. Rogers walked home with an Oscar for her performance in Kitty Foyle. Based on Christopher Morley's Story of an American Girl, the film, told in flashback, relates the progress of working-girl … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Morley, Dalton Trumbo, Donald Ogden Stewart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 2006
Media Home Entertainment


as Kitty Foyle

as Wynnewood "Wyn" Stra...

as Dr. Mark Eisen

as Mrs. Strafford

as Delphine Detaille

as Mr. Kennett

as Grandmother

as Aunt Jessica

as Uncle Edgar

as Wyn's Wife

as Wyn's Boy

as Customer

as Girl in Prologue

as Boy in Prologue

as Black Woman

as Miss Bala

as Trumpeter

as Saxophonist

as Drummer

as Bandleader/Violinist

as Pianist

as Hotel Clerk

as Flower Man

as Charwoman

as Prim Girl

as Girl in Elevator

as Charwoman

as Taxi Driver

as Girl in Elevator No....

as Shopgirl in Elevator

as Clerk at Delphine's

as Speakeasy Patron

as Speakeasy/Night Club...
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Critic Reviews for Kitty Foyle

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

he sharpness and contemporary significance of Mr. Morley's commentary are missing. His Kitty was of real flesh and blood; this one is persuasive but fictitious.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Sam Wood, the El Supremo of Hollywood hackdom, squired this one to glory.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Despite its episodic, and at times, vaguely-defined motivation, picture on whole is a poignant and dramatic portraiture of a typical Cinderella girl's love story.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Top Critic

Working woman comes into conflict with the upper class. More relevant than ever in the age of income inequality and the 1%.

Full Review… | December 30, 2014
Classic Film and Television

Although the movie is unashamedly a soppy chick flick, it's impossible not to be swept along by her romantic dilemmas.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012

A minor classic and a very typical "woman's picture" of its day.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Kitty Foyle


This movie is interesting for a romantic drama, but it's not great.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I worked backstage on a stage musical about the life of Ginger Rogers. This movie and the Oscar Ginger won for playing Kitty Foyle was shown as the crowning achievement of her career. I had seen this years ago when I was in college as part of my Oscar winning film list. I remembered that Ginger (at nearly 30) plays Kitty at many ages. I thought I remembered a scene in this movie when Ginger is playing Kitty as a little girl, she climbs into an over sized arm chair, and kicks her dangling legs. My wife and I with a couple friends just watched a video of Kitty Foyle and that scene did not appear. What movie was I confusing this movie with?

Kitty is dating a simple working class doctor. Then an old boyfriend who she thought was gone from her life for good finds her again. They both ask her to meet them later to run off and start a new life together. She begins packing and finds a snow globe. Kitty's conscience talks back to her from the hotel dresser mirror and encourages her to think carefully through her past in order to chose the right guy. Through the snow globe we see a teenage Kitty fascinated by the Chicago social elite. When she returns home (the snow globe belongs to her father), her pop tries to tell her about her proud Irish working class roots and how the aristocratic class would never accept her. Kitty's pop (Ernest Cossart) is a witty rascal who has a lot of great lines. We see Kitty grow up and fall for Wyn Strafford one of the Chicago social elite who is trying to run his own magazine until the capitol that his family provided runs out. Her relationship with Wynn is complicated and she heads to New York on her own. There, while working as a perfume sales girl, she reluctantly meets the doctor Mark. Ginger Rogers shines without singing or dancing. The script, which flashes back and skips through time, seems very mature and a bit ahead of its time. Plus there are many genuine laughs. Kitty is quite a modern woman and the ending is satisfying. If the play I worked on is to be believed, even though she was not credited in the role, Ginger had quite a bit of artistic control over this movie and she made sure the story and the characters were believable.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

GInger Rogers is okay here on her own and away from Fred Astaire. I can't say it is particularly memorable however. Call it an early version of the chick flick.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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