Review by: Fusion3600
Posted on: January 28th, 2012
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Plot: What’s it about?

Kitty Foyle (Ginger Rogers) is at a crossroads in her life, on the brink of a decision that will change her life, but unsure of which path to take. She has been proposed to by a struggling, but idealistic doctor, but her rich ex has also made an offer, but one that doesn’t involve marriage. Of course her life would be easier if she went with her wealthy ex, but her heart and conscience tell her otherwise. As she looks into the mirror and ponders her fate, we’re taken back to where her story began. She became involved with her ex when he gave her a job at his magazine, but he seemed to keep at a distance. Whenever he took her out, it was away from his usual spots and out of sight of those who knew him. The doctor doesn’t win her over from the start, but he grows on her and until her ex suddenly arrives, marriage seems to be a given. Now Kitty faces the hardest decision of her life, but which path will she choose?

Although she is best known for her work in musicals and light comedies, Ginger Rogers was also more than capable as a dramatic performer. This was proven here in Kitty Foyle, in which her effort was so impressive, she took home the Best Actress Oscar. Her performance drives the film and she is excellent, showing her tough side, but still able to remain tender in the right moments. She isn’t over the top either, as she uses facial expressions and body language quite well. The rest of the cast is also up to snuff, but outside of the performances, I didn’t find much to like here. Of course the story is dated, but has little spark and while passable, the plot just never gets enough momentum. But if you’re a fan of Rogers, then by all means, give Kitty Foyle a rental, as she is terrific in her role here.

Video: How does it look?

Kitty Foyle is presented in full frame, as intended. The visuals here come off well, though this is not one of the titles Warner has restored. This is a shame, as their restorations have been superb, but the movie still looks good, so no complaints. I saw a touch of grain, but not enough to worry over and not enough to cause softness, so no need for concern. The image is quite sharp, so detail is high and the black & white texture is smooth, thanks to accurate contrast levels. Not on par with Warner’s finest work, but for a low priced catalog title, Kitty Foyle looks very good in this presentation.

Audio: How does it sound?

This movie is driven by dialogue and as such, the mono soundtrack is sufficient. The audio is clean, with few age related woes to mention. So pops and hiss remain infrequent and in the rare instances they are audible, it never proves to be a distraction. The music sounds good, as far as mono goes, while dialogue is crisp and suffers from no volume errors. This disc also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes two bonus cartoons, two condensed radio adaptations of the story, and the film’s theatrical trailer.

Kitty Foyle
MOVIE INFO.
YEAR RELEASED
1940
RATING
Not Rated
DIRECTOR
Sam Wood
STUDIO
Warner
RUNNING TIME
108 min.


TECH SPECS
  • STANDARD DVD
  • Video Codec: MPEG-2
  • 1 Disc Set
  • DISC FEATURES
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy

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