The Young Philadelphians (1959)




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Something of an urbanized, upscale version of Peyton Place, Vincent Sherman's The Young Philadelphians is a glossy adaptation of Richard Powell's bestselling novel The Philadelphians that revels in melodrama. The film opens strongly, with a lengthy 1924 prologue. Socialite Kate Lawrence (Diane Brewster) jilts impoverished lover Mike Flannagan (Brian Keith) in favor of wealthy William Lawrence (Adam West). On their wedding night, William drunkenly announces that he's impotent and commits suicide … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Powell, James Gunn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 14, 2006
Warner Home Video - Official Site


as Anthony Judson Lawre...

as Joan Dickinson

as Carol Wharton

as Mike Flanagan

as Kate Judson

as Mrs. J.A. Allen

as Gil Dickinson

as Chet Gwynn

as John M. Wharton

as Louis Donetti

as Morton Stearnes

as Dr. Shippen Stearnes

as William Lawrence

as Carter Henry

as George Archibald

as Mrs. Lawrence

as Gil Dickinson
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Critic Reviews for The Young Philadelphians

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The trials and tribulations of the rich, like those of the poor, can be undramatic.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Paul Newman gives a strong performance in Vincent Sherman's glossy melodrama about a young, cynical, ambitious man, born on the wrong side of the tracks but determined to change his lot.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008

Based on a very popular novel, the film is a competent but undistinguished adaptation that breathes only through the presence of its dynamic star.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Smart drama featuring Paul Newman in early role.

July 6, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Classy soapsuds with a cast that's better than the movie.

May 19, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Newman, by then established as a big star, might have chosen better than this over-two-hour-long soap opera.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Young Philadelphians

A great cast, a great story, and great direction. It's a very interesting chronicle of early 50s mentality. You get to view it in two different forms, marriage and social classes. I think it's actually one of the first times the American lifestyle was threatened or criticized. Paul Newman is amazing as always and Barbara Rush was a great co-star. It's a beautiful looking film that puts as much effort into the film making process as the story.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


slows a little towards the end but a fine film with a great small performance by Alexis Smith.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This might be the most enjoyable, interesting and intriguing Paul Newman movie I have ever seen. Sure, you have The Hustler, Butch Cassidy, The Sting etc, but this movie really had such a great story and outstanding actors and performances.

Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

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