Thursday, March 22, 2012

TODAY'S NUGGET: #37 WGA Script of All Time - The Philadelphia Story (1940)

[Quick Summary: When a socialite is gets remarried, she's caught between her ex-husband and a journalist who both show up uninvited at the wedding.]

[Grrrr...My apologies for this out-of-order post. I hate that.]

I could not find this script anywhere in print, so watched the film instead.

[Grrrr again, especially because it's a rare rom-com on the 101 list.]

Rom-coms today often make the mistake of putting plot over relationships. 

This film reminds us that it's the dynamic spark between the Man & Woman that elevates a story from average to great. 

ex. Katherine Hepburn charms the journalist (Jimmy Stewart) by looking up his book at the library.  He's flattered and flummoxed.

ex. Reminiscing about the past, Cary Grant both charms and needles Hepburn, who holds her own.

WHAT I'VE LEARNED: Spark = "Why these two should be together"

It's the mojo of rom-coms.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)
by Donald Ogden Stewart

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