Black SplatThe Philadelphia Story (1940)
   

"You have everything it takes to make a lovely woman except the one essential—an understanding heart."

"The Philadelphia Story" starring Katherine Hepburn - Fatherly Advice

Description: John Halliday as Seth Lord councils his haughty, high-strung daughter Tracy (Katherine Hepburn) in the motion picture The Philadelphia Story (1940). His full statement:

"You have a good mind, a pretty face, and a disciplined body that does what you tell it. You have everything it takes to make a lovely woman except the one essential—an understanding heart. Without it, you might just as well be made of bronze."

Cary Grant as C. K. Dexter Haven, Tracy's playboy ex-husband also offers this advice:

"You'll never be a first class human being or a first class woman until you've learned to have some regard for human frailty."

The Philadelphia Story - Cary Grant Shove Katherine Hepburn
A frustrated Dexter Haven shoves his ex-wife, Tracy Lord

Note: In the film For Me and My Gal (1942) Judy Garland as Jo Hayden says, “You’ll never be big time because you’re small time in your heart” to her vaudeville partner, Harry Palmer (Gene Kelly).

In the film The Dark Corner (1946) Lucille Ball as Kathleen, the secretary and girlfriend of moody private eye Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens) states displeasure at her boss’s inability to get emotionally involved, saying, "You’re afraid of emotion. You keep your heart in a steel safe."

In the film The Long Goodbye (1973), Marty Augustine (Mark Rydell) tells private investigator (Elliot Gould), "You keep your heart in an ashcan."

And, in the film Bordertown (1935) Bette Davis remarks, "I think you must have an adding machine for a heart" to her indifferent Mexican lawyer, Johnny Ramirez (Paul Muni).


The Philadelphia Story - Movie Poster


 
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