The Young Philadelphians (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Young Philadelphians (1959)




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In this film, Tony Lawrence is an ambitious lawyer driven to success by his poor upbringing. He risks everything by defending a wealthy outcast accused of murder, uncovering a world of lies, stolen inheritance, sex, and murder among the upper crust of Philadelphia society.

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Paul Newman
as Anthony Judson Lawrence / Narrator
Barbara Rush
as Joan Dickinson
Alexis Smith
as Carol Wharton
Brian Keith
as Mike Flanagan
Diane Brewster
as Kate Judson
Billie Burke
as Mrs. J.A. Allen
John Williams (II)
as Gil Dickinson
Robert Vaughn
as Chet Gwynn
Otto Kruger
as John M. Wharton
Paul Picerni
as Louis Donetti
Robert Douglas
as Morton Stearnes
Frank Conroy
as Dr. Shippen Stearnes
Adam West
as William Lawrence
Anthony Eisley
as Carter Henry
Richard Deacon
as George Archibald
Isobel Elsom
as Mrs. Lawrence
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Critic Reviews for The Young Philadelphians

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

The trials and tribulations of the rich, like those of the poor, can be undramatic.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The sudsy flavor of old-fashioned daytime serials is often prominent in this overlong high-society drama but the job is done with a lot of skill throughout.

October 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Paul Newman gives a strong performance in Vincent Sherman's glossy melodrama about a young, cynical, ambitious man, born on the wrong side of the tracks but determined to change his lot.

November 26, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Based on a very popular novel, the film is a competent but undistinguished adaptation that breathes only through the presence of its dynamic star.

June 17, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Smart drama featuring Paul Newman in early role.

July 6, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Classy soapsuds with a cast that's better than the movie.

May 19, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Young Philadelphians


This might be the most enjoyable, interesting and intriguing Paul Newman movie I have ever seen. Sure, you have The Hustler, Butch Cassidy, The Sting etc, but this movie really had such a great story and outstanding actors and performances.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

A great cast, a great story, and great direction. It's a very interesting chronicle of early 50s mentality. You get to view it in two different forms, marriage and social classes. I think it's actually one of the first times the American lifestyle was threatened or criticized. Paul Newman is amazing as always and Barbara Rush was a great co-star. It's a beautiful looking film that puts as much effort into the film making process as the story.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


slows a little towards the end but a fine film with a great small performance by Alexis Smith.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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