90 Days of Oscar Nominees #66 – Kitty Foyle (1940)

In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 66th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Let’s get a few things straight here! I didn’t ask to marry a Strafford, a Strafford asked to marry me. I married a man, not an institution or a trust fund or a bank. Oh, I’ve got a fine picture of your family conference here. All the Straffords trying to figure out how to take the curse off of Kitty Foyle. Buy the girl a phony education, polish off the rough edges. And make a Mainline doll out of her! Aww, you oughta know better than that! It takes six generations to make a bunch of people like you. And by Judas Priest, I haven’t got that much time. ” – Kitty Foyle

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young girl from a middle class family falls in love with a boy from high society and they must try and find a way to make it work.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never seen or even heard of before watching it for this series.

I’m use to seeing Ginger Rogers in dance films, but she actually does a fine job here in the title role of this drama despite the fact that the idea itself, while a bit interesting just doesn’t come across as original enough.

They do a nice job dealing with the varying differences between the social classes as they try to find a way to make things work for themselves.

Rogers was able to win an Oscar for Best Actress in this film and definitely deserved it eventhough the overall story could have been presented much better than it was.

Bottom Line – This is a film that has an interesting idea that unfortunately just doesn’t feel as original as it probably could have been. I liked the way that they deal with social classes here and show the various struggles of the characters as they try to find a way to bridge the gap between them.  Rogers definitely stands out ion the lead role and deservingly won an Oscar for her performance.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ginger Rogers was initially reluctant to take on the lead role, as the novel the film was based on contained explicit sexuality and Kitty has an abortion in it. Rogers’ mother advised her to wait until she sees a screenplay before making up her mind, pointing out that the production code wouldn’t allow most of the material Rogers found objectionable to be seen in films anyway. Sure enough, the adapted screenplay was “clean” enough for Rogers. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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