Kitty Foyle (1940)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 27, 1940 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Kitty Foyle is a good example of Hollywood's portrayal of women characters in the 1940s, and it foreshadowed the types of scruffy, proletariat screenplays which would later bring Dalton Trumbo to the attention of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. The resilient, working-class lead character gave Ginger Rogers one of her best roles, and it remains a good example of her versatility. Among the supporting cast members, Eduardo Ciannelli is a standout, while James Craig and Dennis Morgan are both adequate as Rogers' love interests. The tech credits are quite good, particularly for an RKO feature; the studio often couldn't match the lavish standards of its bigger-studio cousins. The story is told in a straightforward style, and director Sam Wood allows the actress room to find the perfect tone for her character. Rogers would garner a Best Actress Oscar for her work.