Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday's Film Adaption: Kitty Foyle by Christopher Morley

From Kitty Foyle, born of modest Irish-American stock in a manufacturing region of Philadelphia, we hear what it was like to be an American girl in the years just before the book's publication in 1939, and her look toward the future. In school, in business, in love, in her struggle against a massive and frozen social tradition -- and in her defeat which looks strangely like victory -- we get to know and admire her. But not even our sympathy can help her solve the problem she faces at the end.

A girl from the wrong side of the tracks endures scandal and heartbreak when she falls for a high-society boy.

Release Date: December 27, 1940
Release Time: 108 minutes

Ginger Rogers as Kitty Foyle
Dennis Morgan as Wynnewood 'Wyn' Strafford VI
James Craig as Dr. Mark Eisen
Eduardo Ciannelli as Giono (as Edward Ciannelli)
Ernest Cossart as Pop
Gladys Cooper as Mrs. Strafford
Odette Myrtil as Delphine Detaille
Mary Treen as Pat
K. T. Stevens as Molly (as Katharine Stevens)
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

Academy Awards 1940
Best Actress - Ginger Rogers -- Won
Best Picture -- Nominated
Best Writing, Screenplay - Dalton Trumbo -- Nominated
Best Director - Sam Wood -- Nominated
Best Sound - John Aalberg -- Nominated

Author Bio:
Christopher Morley was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania while his father was a mathematics professor at Haverford College. Morley graduated from this same school in 1910 as valedictorian. He then went to New College, Oxford University for three years on a Rhodes Scholarship, studying modern history. Arriving home, he headed out to Garden City to begin his life of letters at Doubleday, where he worked as a publicist and publisher's reader. About this time he married Helen Fairchild, and they lived first in Hempstead, and then in Queens Village. Morley moved to Philadelphia where he got his start as a newspaper reporter and then columnist for various publications. In 1920, he returned to New York City and took a job writing the column The Bowling Green for the New York Evening Post.

He was one of the founders and long-time contributing editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. A highly gregarious man, he was the mainstay of what he dubbed the "Three Hours for Lunch Club". Out of enthusiasm for the Sherlock Holmes stories, he became the founder of the Baker Street Irregulars and wrote the introduction to the standard omnibus edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. In 1936 he was appointed to revise and enlarge Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1937, 1948). He was one of the first judges for the Book-of-the Month Club, serving in that position until the early 1950s.

Author of more than 100 books of essays, poetry, and novels, Morley is probably best known as the author of Kitty Foyle (1939), which was made into an Academy Award-winning movie. Other well known works include Thunder on the Left (1925), and The Haunted Bookshop (1919) and Parnassus on Wheels (1917), his two novels of a fictional bookseller.

For most of his life, he lived in Roslyn Heights, Nassau County, Long Island, commuting to the city on the Long Island Rail Road, about which he wrote affectionately. In 1961, a 98-acre park was named in his honor in Nassau County. This park preserves his studio, the "Knothole", as a point of interest, his furniture and bookcases available to the historically-interested public.




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