Kitty Foyle

1940

Kitty Foyle

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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 Kitty Foyle (Ginger Rogers) as she pursues her Cinderella dreams. While employed at a department store, Kitty is wooed by Dennis Morgan, scion of a wealthy Philadelphia family. She flirts with the notion of marrying Morgan for his money, but decides that he's a bit too weak-willed for her tastes. Kitty enters into a romance with poor-but-dedicated doctor James Craig, then does an about-face by accepting Morgan's proposal. She quickly runs afoul of Morgan's snobbish family, who are so tightly bound by centuries-old tradition that Kitty is moved to exclaim "You mean to say you let all those dead people tell you what do?" She walks out on Morgan, then discovers that she's pregnant. Even after the trauma of delivering a stillborn child, Kitty is too proud to go back to Morgan. When true-blue Craig comes back into her life, Kitty, repeating her favorite phrase "By Judas Priest!", decides to forego money for love. Though successful to the tune of an $860,000 profit in 1940, Kitty Foyle seems stilted and over-rehearsed when seen today, save for the refreshing spontaneity of Ginger Rogers' performance. The film's best scene is the opening montage of the American Woman's "progress" once she enters the workplace (an uncredited Heather Angel is the central character in this delightful pantomimic vignette). Featured in the cast of Kitty Foyle is director Sam Wood's daughter Katherine Stevens, better known as K.T. Stevens. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Ginger Rogers
as Kitty Foyle
Dennis Morgan
as Wynnewood "Wyn" Strafford VI
James Craig
as Dr. Mark Eisen
Gladys Cooper
as Mrs. Strafford
Odette Myrtil
as Delphine Detaille
Walter Kingsford
as Mr. Kennett
Cecil Cunningham
as Grandmother
Nella Walker
as Aunt Jessica
Edward Fielding
as Uncle Edgar
Kay Linaker
as Wyn's Wife
Richard Nichols
as Wyn's Boy
Heather Angel
as Girl in Prologue
Tyler Brooke
as Boy in Prologue
Hattie Noel
as Black Woman
Harriet Brandon
as Miss Bala
Walter Sande
as Trumpeter
Ray Teal
as Saxophonist
Joey Ray
as Drummer
Mel Ruick
as Bandleader/Violinist
Theodore von Eltz
as Hotel Clerk
Max Davidson
as Flower Man
Mary Gordon
as Charwoman
Fay Helm
as Prim Girl
Helen Lynd
as Girl in Elevator
Dorothy Vaughan
as Charwoman
Frank Mills
as Taxi Driver
Julie Carter
as Girl in Elevator No. 2
Renee Haal
as Shopgirl in Elevator
Mary Currier
as Clerk at Delphine's
Brooks Benedict
as Speakeasy Patron
Tom Quinn
as Speakeasy/Night Club Patron
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Critic Reviews for Kitty Foyle

All Critics (9) | 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.

    Jan 31, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Sam Wood, the El Supremo of Hollywood hackdom, squired this one to glory.

    Jan 31, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 31, 2012 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Rogers delivers an excellent performance -- sexy, sassy and smart -- but the film's pre-feminism aspirations date badly.

    Jun 24, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Working woman comes into conflict with the upper class. More relevant than ever in the age of income inequality and the 1%.

    Dec 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Although the movie is unashamedly a soppy chick flick, it's impossible not to be swept along by her romantic dilemmas.

    Jan 31, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kitty Foyle

  • Nov 15, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie is interesting for a romantic drama, but it's not great.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2009
    In my favorite narrative style, the story is told in a series of flashback as Ginger engages in some dialog with her alter ego in a mirror. Kitty is confronted by her two suitors, both of whom propose to her at the same time. Wynn, is a Philadephia millionaire whilst Mark is a doctor. This scenario in her life begins a contemplating what she should do, thus, the mirror debate with herself proved to be very effective. The onscreen chemistry between Ginger Rogers and Dennis Morgan is unique and very much evident. Im not going to pretend that i know who the director, Sam Wood was, but he made this film work for me. Brilliant. Wyn Strafford: Until you can get another job... Kitty Foyle: What do you mean? Wyn Strafford: Why don't I just keep you on the payroll? It's no more than fair - Kitty Foyle: Just a minute, Wyn. You needn't worry about me. I'm free, white and 21... almost. And I'll go on loving you from here on out... or until I stop loving you. But nobody owes a thing to Kitty Foyle, except Kitty Foyle.
    Ameeta . Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2007
    Not only could Ginger sing and dance, but she could act too!
    Valerie G Super Reviewer

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