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by Danny Baldwin

The opening scene of "The Philadelphia Story" pays homage to silent comedy, telling the viewer a significant amount about the main characters' contentious relationship without a single word being exchanged. Actors Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn convey character entirely through exaggerated gestures, accentuated by a punchy score very similar to that one would experience performed with a silent comedy. It functions as a prologue, quickly transitioning to Two Years Later, in which they were "formerly" married.

Philadelphia Story, The (Cukor, 1940) — Wordless Opening

The opening scene of "The Philadelphia Story" pays homage to silent comedy, functioning as a prologue and telling us so much about the characters without any words at all.

from The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Creator: George Cukor
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Posted by Danny Baldwin
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