Tag Archives: Spencer Tracy

Judgment at Nuremberg: After Göring

THE EVENT THE WORLD WILL NEVER FORGET.  One of the most interesting and influential, but rarely discussed, TV shows of all time has to be Playhouse 90 (1956-1960). Over four years, this anthology series brought original TV plays into people’s living rooms, written and directed by some of the best in the business. Several of … Continue reading Judgment at Nuremberg: After Göring

State of the Union: Run for the Money

HOW’S THE STATE OF THE UNION? IT’S GREAT! Today we regard Frank Capra’s two last great films, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and State of the Union (1948), as obvious classics, but in the late 1940s neither critics nor audiences were quite as appreciative. Capra had done a tremendous PR effort while serving in World … Continue reading State of the Union: Run for the Money

Adam’s Rib: Battle of the Sexes

IT’S THE HILARIOUS ANSWER TO WHO WEARS THE PANTS!   In the late 1940s, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn had made five films together and were also a couple offscreen, even though he still had a wife. Two of the couple’s best friends, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin (who were married) had written a script … Continue reading Adam’s Rib: Battle of the Sexes

Bad Day at Black Rock: Stranger Off a Train

SUDDENLY YOU REALIZE MURDER IS AT YOUR ELBOW – AND THERE’S NO WAY OUT!   It may be the film John Sturges wants to be remembered by. It is also a project that Don Siegel would have loved to helm. But its star, Spencer Tracy, was less than thrilled. After initially being talked into playing … Continue reading Bad Day at Black Rock: Stranger Off a Train

San Francisco: Shaking Up Sin City

SHE FELL IN LOVE… WITH THE TOUGHEST GUY ON THE TOUGHEST STREET IN THE WORLD! The most popular film of 1936 is set in 1906, but originally had in its finale a view of San Francisco’s modern cityscape complete with the not-yet fully constructed Golden Gate Bridge (which opened in 1937). When the movie was … Continue reading San Francisco: Shaking Up Sin City

The Sea of Grass

BIG AS ITS STARS! Lutie (Katharine Hepburn) marries Jim Brewton (Spencer Tracy), a New Mexico cattle baron, but their differences soon force them to separate; her subsequent affair with Jim’s enemy has far-reaching consequences. Director Elia Kazan once stated that this is the only one of his films that he’s ashamed of. A bit harsh, … Continue reading The Sea of Grass

Keeper of the Flame

An admired American patriot dies in an accident and reporter Steven O’Malley (Spencer Tracy) plans to write a book about him… but the closer he gets to the man’s wife (Katharine Hepburn), the closer he gets to the truth. George Cukor’s film starts out like Citizen Kane (1941), takes a wartime look at the meaning … Continue reading Keeper of the Flame