The Philadelphia Story Discussion Questions

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Compare and contrast the stage and film versions of The Philadelphia Story. Discuss the advantages of film versions over stage productions.

Some critics have claimed that Barry tried to rescue the upper-classes from the overwhelmingly negative portrayal of them in contemporary theater. Do you think The Philadelphia Story is just such an attempt, or is it critical of high society?

Discuss Tracy Lord's maturation during the play. If the play had been written in the 1990s, would it have ended with her remarrying Dexter Haven? Write an ending for the play that you think is realistic for contemporary times.

Choose two minor characters in the play for instance, Margaret Lord and Liz Imbrie, or Seth and Willie Lord and contrast them. Consider the values and ideals these characters represent, and how their presence influences the audience's perception of Tracy Lord.

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