- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: April 20, 2009
- Originally Released: 1937
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
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Description by OLDIES.com:
A woman can change a lot in 10 years. Or, in the case of Phoebe, change even more in a day. After her beau Dr. Gray returns home from a decade in the Napoleonic Wars, he's disappointed that faithful Phoebe appears worn and unattractive. So Phoebe transforms her looks and poses as carefree, younger Livvy. Dr. Gray, unaware of the ruse, is smitten. And about to discover that the person he truly loves is Phoebe.
Katharine Hepburn, her voice a youthful flutter and her hair a mass of ringlets, teams with her Alice Adams director George Stevens for this droll screen version of James M. Barrie's play. Also among the denizens of Quality Street: Franchot Tone, Fay Bainter, Eric Blore and unbilled Joan Fontaine.
The second film version of J.M. Barrie's popular play stars Katherine Hepburn as Phoebe Throssel. Set in England during the early 19th Century, the film concerns the 20-year-old woman's passion for her admirer, Dr. Valentine Brown (Franchot Tone). When he announces that he's enlisting to fight against Napoleon because he has no close attachments, Phoebe and her sister Susan (Fay Bainter) are heartbroken. They both become schoolteachers, and make do with a drab existence. Ten years later, Valentine returns, and comes to ask Phoebe to a homecoming ball. But upon meeting her, he no longer recognizes her. She looks so worn out and her dress is so plain. Devastated, Phoebe immediately changes into a stunning gown and restyles her hair. When Valentine returns to collect her, he again fails to recognize her, and Phoebe claims that she's Livvy, Phoebe's niece, and accompanies him to the ball. Once there, Phoebe-Livvy soon becomes a magnet for male attention, putting Valentine at something of a disadvantage. An entertaining period piece, QUALITY STREET is well-directed by Stevens with yet another wonderful performance from Hepburn.
When an English soldier departs to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, he leaves behind a girlfriend. When he returns, he doesn't even remember the lass, having been away for a decade. He soon meets and romances an alluring teenage girl, never realizing she's his former flame in a new guise, trying to win him back! Will the rascal learn the true identity of his new love'
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- The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."