Kitty

  • 1945
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Romance

Based on a hit "romance novel" (long before that phrase was invented), KITTY is an opulent and very authentic look at 18th-century England, and Goddard is at the top of her beauty and form. It's yet another version of the "Pygmalion" story with Goddard as the poor Cockney girl who rises to become a duchess. She is first noticed by Kellaway, as the famous...read more

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Based on a hit "romance novel" (long before that phrase was invented), KITTY is an opulent and very authentic look at 18th-century England, and Goddard is at the top of her beauty and form. It's yet another version of the "Pygmalion" story with Goddard as the poor Cockney girl who rises to

become a duchess. She is first noticed by Kellaway, as the famous artist Gainsborough, who adores her looks and paints her portrait. Now she is taken under the wing of the calculating Milland, a foppish nobleman, and his drunken dowager aunt, Collier. They plan to use her beauty to their advantage

and begin to educate her. A marriage is arranged between Goddard and elderly Hoey, who soon dies, and Goddard, expecting Hoey's child, then marries Owen, a duke. She convinces Owen that the child is his and when it arrives, Owen is so thrilled he dies from a heart attack. Goddard is now a duchess

and can finally marry the man she's loved all along, the scheming Milland. The picture is a visual delight and Leisen, after attempting to borrow some of Gainsborough's more famous works and being rebuffed, had some copies painted. The sets and costumes are lovely, the acting is more than

competent and the film was a big winner for Paramount.

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  • Review: Based on a hit "romance novel" (long before that phrase was invented), KITTY is an opulent and very authentic look at 18th-century England, and Goddard is at the top of her beauty and form. It's yet another version of the "Pygmalion" story with Goddard as… (more)

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