Inside the AFI Archive
If you guessed THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, you are correct! Katharine Hepburn acquired the rights to the Broadway play, which she also starred in, by Philip Barry. After several flops, Hepburn was considered “box office poison,” and she thought THE PHILADELPHIA STORY would be the perfect vehicle to revive her flagging film career. It did just that, and gave her creative control to select director, George Cukor, and co-stars Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. It also landed Hepburn her third Oscar® nomination as she mounted a comeback and ultimately helped revitalize her career.