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Christopher Strong (1933)




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A prize-winning aviator (Katharine Hepburn) falls for the title character (Colin Clive), a British politician who is happily married. Both fall into a tempestuous affair, but are able to resist their urges.


Katharine Hepburn
as Lady Cynthia Darrington
Colin Clive
as Sir Christopher Strong
Billie Burke
as Lady Elaine Strong
Helen Chandler
as Monica Strong
Ralph Forbes
as Harry Rawlinson
Desmond Roberts
as Bryce Mercer
Des Roberts
as Bryce Mercer
Agostino Borgato
as Fortune Teller
Margaret Lindsay
as Girl at party
Don Stewart
as Mechanic
Donald Stuart
as Mechanic
Zena Savina
as Second Maid
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Critic Reviews for Christopher Strong

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Katharine Hepburn, so far as this reviewer's opinion runs, is the next big star of pictures.

March 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Katherine Hepburn's fine talent and extreme thinness - who they put in some quirky outfits to look like Greta Garbo - in an plot with a lot of talking. [Full review in Spanish]

January 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Neither producer, director, nor audience evidently ever once asked the question: what is the picture about?

June 14, 2019 | Full Review…

At the time, Arzner's film was not well-received, but later, feminists and other critics reexamined the incoherent saga in terms of gender roles and singled out Hepburn's turn (her first starring role) as an aviatrix and her penchant for bizarre outfits.

May 12, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Good cast and from Hollywood's 'Golden Age,' but Arzner's typically flat direction grounds it.

November 24, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Christopher Strong


The movie starts after a scavenger hunt has rounded up all the usual objects. So, the hostess proposes two new challenges: to either find somebody who has been married for five years and has always been faithful or to find somebody over the age of 21 who has never been in love. For the first category, Monica(Helen Chandler) takes off to find dear old dad, Sir Christopher Strong(Colin Clive), who is so boring he is doing taxes in the middle of the night. Harry(Ralph Forbes) almost literally crashes and burns in a borrowed motorcycle before meeting up with Lady Cynthia Darrington(Katharine Hepburn) who satisfies the second category. At the party, Christopher and Cynthia bond and she gives him a ride in her car before one in her airplane. Even for the time it was made, "Christopher Strong" is a stodgy movie that drags on much too long and that even Katharine Hepburn can do little to salvage.(You do have to admit, however, that she is one of the only people who could rock that costume.) In fact, the coolest part of the movie, the flying, is usually given short shrift in favor of the dull melodrama in a half-hearted attempt to explore the changing social mores of 1933.(Notice that the movie is not called "The Daring Darrington.") And I am simply left wondering what exactly Cynthia sees in such a drip as Christopher.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Very early Hepburn is an entertaining one if your a fan of hers. It is very mannered in both pacing and acting but as a relic of it's time not bad.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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