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Y. showing free screening of ‘The Philadelphia Story’

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PROVO — "The Philadelphia Story," one of the best-loved comedies of the 1940s, will be shown on Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium on the Brigham Young University campus. The film starts at 7 p.m.; admission is free but is limited to those 8 years of age and older. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium.

Taken from the highly successful stage play by Philip Barry, the film stars Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart, who won an Academy Award as best actor for his role.

The screwball comedy satirizes life among the upper-class, as a wealthy family is invaded by tabloid journalists. The film was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture and George Cukor as best director.

The film is being shown to highlight the James Stewart Papers in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections department, and the print to be screened is the late actor's personal copy, which he donated, along with his personal papers, to BYU in 1983. The showing is sponsored by the Harold B. Lee Library's Special Collections and the Friends of the Library.

This is the second of five monthly film presentations scheduled for this year, all related to archives in BYU's Special Collections Department. For further information about the series, including future presentations, please call the Special Collections Department at 378-6371.