The Philadelphia Story: A classic returns to the big screen in Kill Devil Hills

Published 9:44 am Sunday, February 19, 2023

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Is “The Philadelphia Story” a rom-com, a screwball comedy or maybe some other form of comedic genius? It doesn’t really matter. It’s a movie that calls out to just sit back and let the magic happen. The Bryan Cultural Series will screen the film on Sunday February 19 at 4 p.m. at the R/C Kill Devil Hills Movies 10, 1800 N. Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills. Tickets are $10 and available at the theater box office and online at the R/C Theater website.

Starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart and Ruth Hussy, when the movie was released 1940 the critics loved it and audiences flocked to theaters to see it, setting records for attendance at a number of locations.

Eighty-three years after its release, “The Philadelphia Story “is still one of the best comedies – well, best movies – ever put on film.

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The dialogue is witty and intelligent and the acting outstanding – Stewart won an Academy Award for his performance. Legendary director George Cukor shows a master’s touch in bringing out the best from his actors and pacing the film to keep the audience attention captured with unexpected plot twists and snappy dialogue.

Will the divorced couple Tracy Lord and her neighbor and yacht designer Dexter Haven reunite? Or will she stick with her original plan to marry up and coming industrialist George Kittredge? Or maybe she’ll opt for Spy magazine reporter Mike Connor, who is a decent man working for a slimy publication.

The plot twists are many and riotous, yet beneath all of it is a story of love, yearning, forgiveness and human frailty that makes The Philadelphia Story one of the finest movies ever produced by Hollywood.

With an introduction and discussion of the film by Dr. Chris Palestrant, professor of music composition at ECSU, “The Philadelphia Story” will delight audiences of all ages.

“The Philadelphia Story” is the first of three films in the 2023 Film Series.  “The Red Shoes” will be shown on March 4 and “The Magnificent Seven” will be screened on March 19.

For more information about the Bryan Cultural Series and to find more information about the 2023 Film Series, visit

Towne Bank of Currituck, OBX Chevrolet Buick, Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills and Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk provide support for this cultural offering of events.

The Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization formed in 2012. The board of directors is composed of nine community leaders dedicated to offering a series of high-quality cultural events. These events will include a variety of visual, literary and performing arts. The board strives to glean from the talent that has attained regional as well as national recognition to maintain a high standard.