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->''"I thought all writers drank to excess and beat their wives. You know one time I think I secretly wanted to be a writer."''
-->-- '''C.K. Dexter Haaaaaaaaaaven'''

Witty, classic Hollywood ScrewballComedy made in 1940 and starring three of the biggest stars of the era: Creator/KatharineHepburn, Creator/CaryGrant and [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]].

Upper class Tracy Lord (Hepburn) is getting married to an [[SelfMadeMan independently wealthy man]], but her ex-husband C. K. Dexter Haven (Grant), looking for a little revenge, sneaks in a couple of reporters - a writer (Stewart) and photographer - to do an exclusive story for Spy Magazine. LoveTriangle [[HilarityEnsues confusion ensues]] among the stars and supporting characters.

Nominated for Best Picture but lost to ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}''. Stewart, however, won the only Best Actor award of his career for his portrayal of Macaulay "Mike" Connor. Stewart, Hepburn, and Grant all give excellent performances, but this film suffers from a severe case of ValuesDissonance--see the YMMV page for more.

Later remade in 1956 as ''HighSociety'', starring Creator/GraceKelly, BingCrosby, and FrankSinatra in the Hepburn, Grant, and Stewart roles. Not to be confused with the 1993 Tom Hanks movie ''{{Film/Philadelphia}}''.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Margaret Lord refers to Mike as "Mr. '''O''''Connor" at one point.
* AffectionateNickname: Dexter generally addresses Tracy as "Red".
* AllWomenArePrudes: Tracy's attitude towards sex isn't just conservative; there's actually some evidence that she herself doesn't much care for it. The issue is never really addressed, despite the problems it apparently caused in her first marriage and could cause in her second.
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Tracy is offended that Mike didn't take advantage of her while she was passed out drunk.
* AlcoholHic: Jimmy Stewart's improvised AlcoholHic almost got Cary Grant {{corpsing}}. Which was what Stewart was trying to do, naturally.
* TheAlcoholic: Dexter--much as Seth's philandering is apparently Tracy's fault, Dexter's drinking problem was apparentlly also Tracy's fault, for not helping him enough with it.
* AnAesop: ''Everyone'' has moral failings.
-->'''Dexter:''' "We're all only human, you know."
* ArtistDisillusionment: Mike is bitter because he poured his heart and soul into a book of short stories that netted him $600.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: C.K. Dexter Haven. Made even more awesome by the fact that we [[NoNameGiven don't know what the C.K. stands for.]]
** Well, "''Macaulay'' Connor is no homespun tag". His father taught English history, indeed. But he's Mike to his friends.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Dexter doesn't take kindly to being [[{{Blackmail}} blackmailed]] by Sidney Kidd.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Tracy with Mike, and even more so with Dexter.
* BigFancyHouse: Mike can't stop snarking about the opulence of the Lord mansion.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: George is revealed to be not as nice as he seems.
* {{Blackmail}}: Sidney Kidd will publish a scandalous article on Tracy's father if she doesn't let Mike and Liz do their story.
** Dexter and Mike later conspire to [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame counter-blackmail Kidd]].
-->'''Tracy:''' "I want them out and you too."
-->'''Dexter:''' "Yes, yes, your Majesty, but first, could I interest you in some small blackmail?"
* BreakTheHaughty: Tracy--the overriding theme of the movie is that Tracy won't be happy until she stops being so high-and-mighty.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Subverted. Tracy thinks she's justifiably angry with her father for fooling around with a younger woman. Seth tells Tracy that his affairs are ''none of her business'', then turns the tables and blames ''her'' for driving him away.
* CantHoldHerLiquor: Tracy really should not drink champagne.
* ComedyOfRemarriage: Dealing with Tracy and Dexter
* CompositeCharacter: Dexter combines elements of two characters from the original play: himself, and Tracy's brother Sandy.
* ContrivedClumsiness: Tracy breaks Liz's camera (she's been told that Liz is a magazine photographer).
* DeadpanSnarker: Dexter. Liz gets some good ones in too.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Tracy's gradual defrosting is the main plot.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Mike and Tracy
* DirtyOldMan: Uncle Willy, constantly pinching women on the bottom and hitting on Liz.
* DisposableFiance: George
* DomesticAbuse: Obliquely hinted at as one of the causes of Tracy and Dexter's breakup.
** And actually demonstrated (and [[UnfortunateImplications played for laughs]]) quite plainly in the opening scene.
* DrinkingOnDuty : Mike is supposed to be writing an article about the wedding. He gets drunk with the bride.
* DrunkenSong: "Oh, C.K. Dexter Haaaaaaaaaven!"
** And "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
* EvilBrit: Sidney Kidd (We don't know if the character's meant to be British, but he definitely has the accent.)
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The bulk of the action takes place over a 24-hour period, except for some establishing scenes from the day before and a prologue set two years earlier.
* FacepalmOfDoom: A particularly pissed off C. K. Dexter does this to Tracy after she breaks one of his golf clubs in front of him. She falls to the ground but she's not hurt.
* FishOutOfWater: Mike and Liz, commoners hanging out with the ultra-rich. George too, to a lesser extent.
* FollowThatCar: Mike drunkenly tells a joke of the taxicab variety.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Dexter reminds Tracy that she, once, "got drunk on champagne and climbed out on the roof, and stood there, naked, with [her] arms out to the moon, wailing like a banshee". It seems champagne is bad for her. Then, we see her get drunk on champagne, with Mike.
* FreudianTrio: Tracy's three suitors, [[TheSpock George]], [[TheMcCoy Mike]], and [[TheKirk Dexter]]. Seen from that perspective, the film's ending should hardly come as a surprise.
* FullNameBasis: In one drunken scene, Mike addresses Dexter exclusively by his full name. [[AwesomeMcCoolname Probably because he really likes saying it.]]
* GirlFriday: Liz to Mike
* GoshDarnItToHeck: It's from UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode era.
* GreenEyedMonster: George, who automatically assumes the worst when he sees Tracy [[NotWhatItLooksLike in another man's arms]].
** Hilariously averted with Dexter, who apparently couldn't care less.
** Liz would "scratch [the] eyes out" of any girl who came between her and Mike, but she manages to be philosophical about his fling with Tracy. It can't hurt that when Tracy [[spoiler:turns down Mike's proposal]], she gives Liz's feelings for him as one of her reasons.
** Tracy's parents also point out that her outrage over Seth's philandering sounds a lot like jealousy. Which is odd, considering she's Seth's ''daughter''.
* HairOfTheDog: Mike would "sell his grandmother" for an alcoholic beverage the morning after the party.
* HangoverSensitivity: Several characters.
* HotAndCold: Tracy veers between affection and anger.
* HumblePie: Tracy is forced to eat some after a perceived act of infidelity. This includes an apology to her father, whom she has previously condemned for similar behaviour.
* InformedFlaw: Quite a few, including Tracy's intolerance, Mike's cynicism, and Dexter's drunkenness. To be fair to Dexter, by the time the story starts he's firmly on the wagon.
* InVinoVeritas: Tracy's realizations about herself and the men in her life come as a result of getting drunk. Alcohol also allows the softer side of Mike's personality to come out.
** Subverted to the extent that Tracy and Mike's [[KissingUnderTheInfluence drunken kiss]] is ''not'' taken as evidence of their true feelings for each other.
* IronicEcho: "The truth is you'll never be a first class human being until you've learned to have some regard for human frailty."
* JacobAndEsau: It's subtle, but Dinah seems more like her mother, while Tracy clearly takes after her father.
* JerkassFacade:
** Mike, a sensitive poet who puts up a JerkAss front to "save his skin"
** Also Dexter, who ''acts'' like a jerk to Tracy throughout most of the film, only to reveal that he really does love her and want what's best for her.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: (of champagne) Mike and Tracy
* LoveConfessor: Sort of happens between Liz and Sandy in the play. In the movie, the scene is re-written to have Dexter assume that Liz is in love with Mike without asking explicitly.
* LoveEpiphany: Subverted
-->'''Mike:''' "It - it can't be anything like love, can it?"
-->'''Tracy:''' "No, it mustn't be! It can't be!"
-->'''Mike:''' "Would it be inconvenient?"
-->'''Tracy:''' "Terribly!"
* LoveTriangle: or Love Pentagram, with Tracy and her three suitors, as well as Liz's affection for Mike.
* MaybeEverAfter: The status of Mike and Liz's relationship at the end of the movie is ambiguous.
* MeaningfulEcho: "My, she was yare!"
** "With the rich and mighty, always a little patience."
* MouthyKid: Dinah.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: A drunken, affectionate Mike cradling a sleepy, amorous Tracy in his arms is kind of bad, but not as bad as George assumes it is.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Dinah's lament early on in the film.
* PhraseCatcher: Tracy gets the word "goddess" attached to her a lot, thanks mostly to Dexter. Other characters show a fondness for "queen".
-->'''Mike:''' "When a girl is like Tracy, she's one in a million! She's sort of like a...She's sort of like a..."
-->'''Dexter:''' "A goddess?"
-->'''Mike:''' "No, no, no, you said that word this afternoon, no. No, she's sort of like a queen. A radiant, glorious queen. And you can't treat her like other women."
* PropheticName: Parson Parsons
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dexter gives Tracy one mid-way through the film. This is followed shortly by one from her father.
* {{Revenge}}: Mike (incorrectly) assumes this is Dexter's reason for co-operating with Sidney Kidd.
-->'''Mike:''' "So you want to get even with your ex-bride, huh?"
* RichBitch: Tracy, though she's somewhat toned-down and does improve over time.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: A mild example, but it's hinted that the Lords aren't too smart about certain things. It's made somewhat clearer in the original play.
-->'''Tracy:''' "Mother, how do you spell 'omelet'???"
-->'''Margaret Lord:''' "O-M-M-E-L-E-T."
-->'''Tracy:''' ''(Erasing what she has written.)'' "Thought there was another 'L'."
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Tracy actually has ''two'' rich suitors (Dexter and George) and one poor one (Mike). The film subverts our expectations somewhat by having Tracy marry [[spoiler: one of the rich ones]]. After all, if money doesn't matter...
-->'''Mike:''' "Well, I made a funny discovery. That in spite of the fact that somebody's up from the bottom, he can still be quite a heel. And even though somebody else is born to the purple, he can still be a very nice guy."
* RomanticComedy: Sometimes referred to as a ScrewballComedy, though it's more a successor to the genre.
* RomanticFalseLead: Such is the star power of Jimmy Stewart that he is a credible romantic rival to Cary Grant. The guy that plays Kittredge, on the other hand, is an obvious Romantic False Lead.
* RunningGag:
** During the luncheon scene: "''Another'' place, Edward."
** Margaret Lord never can seem to remember who Mike is, first forgetting his name, then mistakenly calling him "Mr. ''O'''Connor", and finally confusing him with one of the musicians.
* RunningGagStumbles: At the end of the movie, Margaret seems to have forgotten who Mike is ''again'', because she turns to him and cries, "Dr. Parsons!" Mike starts to correct her, then realises that Dr. Parsons is actually the pastor, and he is standing right ''behind'' Mike.
* SelfMadeMan: George, who made his money in coal mining.
* ShipperOnDeck: Dinah much prefers Dexter to George as a brother-in-law, and she's not shy about mentioning it.
** Late in the movie, she tries to get Tracy to marry ''Mike'', not because she likes him, but because she believes she [[ShotgunWedding has to]].
* ShotgunWedding: subverted
* ShutUpKiss: Tracy and Mike
* SmugSnake: Seth Lord, though through ValuesDissonance the script is clearly on his side.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/{{Holiday}}'' (1938). Both films share the same stars (Hepburn and Grant), director (George Cukor), and screenwriter (Donald Ogden Stewart), and both were adaptations of stage plays by Philip Barry.
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: Tracy gives Mike and Liz one when pretends not to know they are reporters, and asks them a lot of very personal questions.
-->'''Mike:''' Look, who's doing the interviewing here???
* TheTeetotaler: Implied about Dexter.
* TitleDrop: It's Sidney Kidd's title for the story he wants Mike and Liz to write.
* WeddingDay: The story ends on the day of Tracy's wedding
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: What Tracy wants (or ''doesn't'' want) to know in the lead-up to her wedding.
* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: The Lords
* WhyWasteAWedding: Though she doesn't marry George, Tracy does get (re)married on her wedding day.
* WouldHitAGirl: Dexter, at least once. After Tracy snaps one of his golf clubs in half, he raises his arm to punch her, appears to [[WouldntHitAGirl think better of it]], then ends up [[FacepalmOfDoom pushing her down onto the ground]]. A bit more family-friendly, but still kind of mean.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The Quaker librarian that Mike talks to asks "What does thee wish?" The grammatically correct form would be "What dost ''thou'' wish?", but Quakers tend to use "thee" as both a subject and object pronoun, so it makes sense in context.
* YouDidntAsk: Liz's reason for not telling Mike about her previous marriage.
-->'''Mike:''' Well, you're the darndest girl.
-->'''Liz''' (primly): I think I'm sweet.
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