On a snowy eve, Kitty Foyle (Ginger Rogers), an executive at Delphine Detaille's fashion house, is confronted with a choice that will change the course of her life: to marry Mark Eisen (James Craig), a young, sincere doctor, or to sail away with Wyn Strafford (Dennis Morgan), with whom she has been in love for years and who has just re-entered her life.

As she wrestles with her conscience, Kitty thinks back to her youth in Philadelphia: young Kitty gawks at the society "Main Liners" and dreams of her Prince Charming, disregarding the advice of her father (Ernest Cosart), who warns her against trying to go out of her class.

Five years later, Kitty meets her prince in the person of wealthy Wyn Strafford, who is so charmed by the girl that he offers her a job at his fledgling magazine. The two fall in love, but Wyn does not have the courage to break from his life in Philadelphia's Main Line society. After her beloved father's death, Kitty goes to New York, where she begins to date Mark while she still longing for Wyn.

Wyn finally comes for Kitty and the two are married, but when he takes her home, his family wants to "remake" her and she rebels. Kitty forces Wyn to make a choice, but he remains a prisoner of his family's money and position and the marriage is annulled.

Kitty returns to New York, where she learns in rapid succession that she is pregnant and that Wyn is to marry a Philadelphia socialite. Kitty's plans to rear the child by herself come to an abrupt end when the infant dies in childbirth. Several years later, Kitty returns to Philadelphia to open a branch of the Delphine Detaille fashion house and has a chance encounter with Wyn's wife and son. Finally, as Kitty ponders her past, she decides that there is only one future for her…

Oscar
5 Nominations
1 Award
Best Actress

Golden Globes
0 Nominations
0 Awards
“Kitty Foyle” is a good example of Hollywood's portrayal of women characters in the 1940s, and it foreshadowed the types of scruffy, proletariat screenplays that would later bring Dalton Trumbo to the attention of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. The resilient, working-class lead character gave Ginger Rogers one of her best roles, and it remains a good example of her versatility.

Among the supporting cast members, Eduardo Ciannelli is a standout, while James Craig and Dennis Morgan are both adequate as Rogers’ love interests. This is quite excellent as an RKO feature; the studio often couldn't match the lavish standards of its bigger-studio cousins. The story is told in a straightforward style, and director Sam Wood allows the actress room to find the perfect tone for her character.

Although the plot is predictable as far as love stories goes, what saves “Kitty Foyle” from delving too far into the sappy, too good to be true, type movie is Ginger Rogers. She is in practically every scene and thanks to her talent, the other actors, specifically Dennis Morgan who holds his own with an energetic personality, are able to develop their characters throughout the movie. Ginger could have taken this character in a different direction (sugary sweet or the popular ditzy broad), but she chose to balance it out where one is able to not only admire Kitty but also feel for her situation.

Katherine Hepburn was the original choice for this movie and Rogers was hesitant about starring in it, but thankfully she finally agreed to come aboard. She had just come out of an eight year movie deal set up with Fred Astaire and was looking for material that would give her an opportunity to show everyone that there was more to her than just dancing.

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards, Rogers would garner her only Oscar as Best Actress for her work. Her deserved Academy Award confirmed she was more than a dance star - a fact humorously underscored when she returned to the studio and was greeted by staffers and actors in top hats and tails.