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STUDIO: Warner Home Video
MSRP: $19.98
RATED: Unrated
RUNNING TIME: 108 Minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES:

Two classic cartoons: Bad Luck Blackie, Tom & Jerry in Kitty Foiled
Two radio productions with Ginger Rogers
Theatrical trailer



The Pitch

Watch Ginger Rogers talk to a snowglobe!"

The Humans

Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig, Eduardo Ciannelli, Ernest Cossart, Gladys Cooper


The Nutshell

Kitty Foyle (Ginger Rogers) is a working class single woman who has just gotten a proposal of marriage from a doctor, Mark (James Craig), who is just as poor as Kitty. Of course Mark’s financial situation is not exactly one to win over the ladies but Kitty is tired of being alone (does not hurt that Mark is outgoing and kind to Kitty) and after giving it some thought she accepts Mark’s proposal. Everything seems all set for Kitty’s future until she unexpectedly gets an invitation from her ex-husband, Wyn (Dennis Morgan), who is a rich socialite and wants Kitty to run away with him to South America. This last minute offer from Wyn puts Kitty in an emotional predicament that has her looking back on her life in order to decide if she’ll marry Mark or go away with Wyn.


Pick up lines back in the day were rather…different.

The Package

Presented in fullscreen and in black and white, Kitty Foyle works well visually especially in the close-up scenes spotlighting Ginger Rogers. There are small signs of grain but not enough to spoil the viewing experience. The sound is mono which today means what you hear is what you get. Included in this release are some features that in one way or another have a tie with the movie. Two cartoons, Kitty Foiled is a Tom and Jerry classic that has Tom choosing between two entrees (see, it fits with Kitty Foyle’s theme) and Bad Luck Blackie a tale of a dog chasing a cat. The only reason this cartoon’s included is a brief reference to the movie.

The next two features are radio productions that feature Ginger Rogers promoting Kitty Foyle. The Lux Radio Theater broadcast (5/5/1941 ) and the Academy Award Theater broadcast (4/6/1946) are decent but nothing to brag about. In the Lux radio broadcast it is just a half hour reinactment of Kitty Foyle and without the visuals and music this was rather boring. The Academy broadcast’s highlight was a commercial for soap by none other than Cecil B. DeMille. Other than that the extras are passable, nothing more.

The Lowdown

Although the plot is predictable as far as love stories goes what saves Kitty Foyle from delving too far into the sappy too good to be true type movie is Ginger Rogers. She is practically in every scene and thanks to Ginger’s talent the other actors, specifically Dennis Morgan who holds his own with an energetic personality, are able to develop their characters throughout the movie. I could see where Ginger could have taken this character in different directions (sugary sweet or the popular ditzy broad) she chose to balance it out where I was able to not only admire Kitty but also feel for her situation.


"What in the hell was Orson Welles talking about? Rosebud indeed!
."

Ginger Rogers was hesitant about starring in this movie and thankfully she finally agreed to come aboard. She had just come out of an eight year movie deal set up with Fred Astaire and was looking for material that would give her an opportunity to show everyone there was more to her than just dancing. Even though I do not particularly care for the title Kitty Foyle the movie does work as a standard love story with a couple of different takes. At the time this movie was made it was rare to see on screen an unmarried woman who is pregnant (let’s not also forget a single woman having sex which is not shown) and independent. For that alone Kitty Foyle will get good marks from me.

Although Kitty Foyle is a little dated (especially with the dialogue) with situations tieded up too nicely for my taste I still found it an enjoyable movie in which Ginger shines.

7.7 out of 10