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Golden Age Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls, 1952 D. HOWARD HAWKS
STARRING: Katharine Hepburn (LORELAI), Audrey Hepburn (RORY), William Holden (LUKE), Cliff Robertson (CHRISTOPHER)
WITH: Agnes Moorehead (EMILY), Edmond Gwenn (RICHARD), Tab Hunter (DEAN), Harold Peary (TAYLOR), Shirley Booth (BABETTE), Kathleen Freeman (MISS PATTY), Alvy More (KIRK), Vivian Vance (SOOKIE), Mary Grace Can?eld (PARIS).
This modest but likeable comedy is notable for being the only screen pairing of Katharine and Audrey Hepburn. Playing mother and daughter, the two actresses display a surprising chemistry, assisted by a sparkling script that evokes the verbal acrobatics of Bringing Up Baby.
Lorelai Gilmore (K. Hepburn) is a girl from a rich family who eloped as a teenager against her parents’ wishes. Widowed at a young age with a baby daughter, she refused her parents’ help and took a job at an inn to support herself. As the movie opens, young Rory (A. Hepburn) is sixteen, and Lorelai, against her better judgment, reconnects with her aristocratic parents (Gwenn, Moorehead) to secure their help with the girl’s education. Romantic complications arise when Lorelai’s parents try to match her up with Christopher (Robertson), the charming but dissolute younger brother of her deceased husband, forcing Lorelai to face her attraction to the poor-but-honest Luke (Holden). Meanwhile, Rory is discovering her own ?rst love with local boy Dean (Hunter).
The film is enlivened by a fine selection of character actors playing the Gilmores’ quirky neighbors in the bucolic village of Stars Hollow. Holden displays his comedic gifts in a subplot about his ongoing rivalry …
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