As you well know, Spence was in one Repertory company with the great Selena Royle, who was his mentor. I think Henry Fonda didn't make a movie for like four years, so he could do Mr. Roberts on stage all over the world (though I don't know that was any big stage star before his rise in movies), longer he was gone for the actual war, I think. It seems like he later got her a contract at MGM. (she was nominated but not him & it won an Academy Award for it's script), 1942 Keeper of he Flame (MGM) (a heavy drama/mystery) & good (***) but not great, 1945 Without Love (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) (a comedy with serious moments) (***), 1947 Sea of Grass-(SEE ABOVE) & one of only 3 Westerns he made, technically including How the West Was Won in '63) (TRIVIA: The one & only time she got top-billing), 1948 State of the Union (M-G-M) (terrific political comedy-drama & helmed by Capra) )***1/2), 1950 Adams Rib (MGM) (Most agree this is where the duo really hit their stride & the best they made together  So many great moments & I've always felt that yrs leading Oscar winner *Judy Holliday really deserved attention for this as well as s. actress) (4 BIG STARS! And that would be " Keeper of the Flame". ... TCM Star of the Month Melvyn Douglas Week 4 3of3 Sea of Grass (Intro) Innocuous leading man of 1940s English film who was eased into character parts. But Tyrone Power, Katharine Hepburn, Al Pacino are three who really liked it. And you could probably say the same thing about Lucille Ball in Wildcat. That Touch of Mink DVD $14.96 The Ghost And Mrs. Muir DVD $11.21 Forbidden Hollywood: The Pre-Code Era (1930-1934): When Sin Ruled the Movies Book $22.95 The Sea of Grass, DVD, Black & White, Eco Amaray Case, Westerns, Drama, 883929175550 Another somewhat asinine casting choice-(forget it's name right now) 1957 or so co-starring with BOB HOPE??? If I told you without cluing you in on the title I had a top-production 1947 MGM picture staring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, and Melvyn Douglas, you would be expecting a glossy white telephone movie with a love triangle and lots of high melodrama from the three stars. I like all their movies together, except DESK SET, which I find incredibly silly and dated...and I don't think the two stars came across very glamorous in DESK SET the way they did in their MGM pictures. Subscribe to the TCM Shop newsletter for discounts and exclusives. A good observation. I just re-watched “The Sea of Grass” yesterday, and I quite enjoyed it. Kate encouraged him all the way for the sake of the theater and the others who were working in the play. know what your saying, but he still worked the boards first and even played *Tracy's Killer Mars in The Last Mile. now playing Sea Of Grass, The (1947) -- (Movie Clip) Parties Unknown. You can tell me if I'm right. It was only about 17 days after the wrapped he went) She won one of her amazing all leading Oscars, but most agree it was for the both of them, not among her best works, like the following yrs magnificent Lion in Winter) also won for it's writing, Unlike *Bogey & Bacall, who had another production all planned Melville Goodwin, USA these 2 did not. for me, my favorite Hep/Tracy pairings are in their underrated movies- like THE SEA OF GRASS (1947) in which they play a "real" married couple whose relationship is complicated, unhappy and marred by infidelity (! They stepped out of their comfort zone, tried something different, and they have a tremendously good supporting cast to work with in this picture. Even though classified as a “western,” to me it really was more a soap opera which just happened to have a western setting. The Sea Of Grass is slow moving and talky, but not as bad as many have portrayed it. And you could probably say the same thing about Lucille Ball in Wildcat. With Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Robert Walker, Melvyn Douglas. (* Killer Mears-- I think Preston Foster did it in the movie.). $5.95. Filmography Few big movie stars ever had the guts to do it. "Sea of Grass " has Always been an embarrassment in my opinion for both Hepburn and Tracy. The Sea of Grass (1947) Adam's Rib (1949) Pat and Mike (1952) Early Scorsese. Contemporary sources reveal that The Sea of Grass was one of the highest grossing films of 1947, earning in excess of $3,100,000 in its initial release. Their already rocky relationship goes through increasingly hard times as Tracy tries to rule both his headstrong wife and his beloved land with aniron fist, only to find Hepburn driven into the arms of another by his ruthless nature. Beautiful film and among George Cukor's more interesting work. Featured Products TCM Annual Catalog: 2019 Edition. ), That was it Iron Petticoat   what bizarre casting, in all books & interviews she never mentioned it  Besides *Tracy, she also idolized Garbo-(a friend of the 2) & *Gary Cooper, He really hated returning to the stage & that was the final time   *Brando also yrs later said same thing, but for different reasons, he said it was boring, She had such class at certain times  & pivotal times, when he almost died in '59 at their home (9191 St. Ives Drive in B. hills) wanted to see it, but it's really covered in foliage, her idea. Thursday September 19, 2019. That's why he went to New York and concentrated on stage work. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. I can remember I got one with Natalie Wood about the time she was doing "Cash McCall". You have to look at it as an MGM western melodrama. When I was a little girl I used to read "Movie Life" oh, it was a movie magazine for a quarter. Tracy perhaps doesn’t seem fully committed to his role, but as always displays great ease and authority on screen. On 10/8/2019 at 4:32 PM, Princess of Tap said: Sea of Grass maybe Tracy & Hepburn's weakest, © 2020 Turner Classic Movies Inc. A Time Warner Company. But Tracy and Hepburn elevate the material, and they do just fine with it. Part … Plus I don't think Hepburn ever really pulled off the Western thing too well. Meanwhile, the farmers watch helplessly as the sea of grass is exploited until it becomes a dust bowl. I think Bette Davis did Night of the Iguana on Broadway and it was a disaster. Hepburn comes off better, playing a character quieter and less forceful than she usually did, and doing so extremely well. Perfect answer Miles, it is Jimmy Hawkins. spence, The Sea of Grass is a 1947 Western drama film set in the American Southwest. She pulled identical thing at his June 1967 funeral at Glendale's, Forest lawn-(all the way at the very top, near *Walt Disney & Errol Flynn) She said she followed the funeral procession -(both *SINATRA *FORD & *JIMMY STEWART WERE AS PALLBEARERS BY THE WAY) until the got to it famous gates & drove off her own way  I always strongly felt though she visited up there privately, (NOTE: Look for a tremendous docu mostly on him, but she narrates entre special & rom The Thalberg Bldg  & all over M-G-M before it was ripped down, this was (1986)  THE SPENCER TRACY LEGACY (PBS) but on youtube). THANK YOU  However there is absolutely nothing you or anyone can tell me about NATALIE! (4 stars! The next collaboration would be THE SEA OF GRASS, a western-type drama the duo made at MGM after the war. It would have seemed to me to have been controversial at its time and now it seems to be so modern. The wife has an affair which produces a child, and she is ostracized from the community. Set in New Mexico in the late 19th century, The Sea of Grass concerns the often violent clashes between the pioneering ranchers, whose cattle range freely through the vast sea of grass, and the farmers, or "nesters," who build fences and turn the sod. Broadway star, in Hollywood from 1931. That is showing stills from every movie. Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967) Mean ... where it looks like the background is in constant motion. The script was probably intended for someone like Clark Gable and Lana Turner. All Rights Reserved. But I guess no one would believe that she would run off with Melvyn Douglas if she already had Spencer Tracy. But Kate, wasn't afraid of the press. Elia Kazan was assigned directing duties, and the supporting cast included some of the studio’s best players– people like Melvyn Douglas, Phyllis Thaxter and Robert Walker. They know every facet of the business and they are some strong professional performers like: Loretta Young, Gary Cooper, Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner and Carole Lombard. Roger Moore as 007 on TCM. Henry Fonda was grey-listed in Hollywood from 1947 to 1955. Sign in to stream live TV online and watch TV series and movies on demand with Xfinity TV. He worked in Repertory companies and he was on stage in Los Angeles. TCM has issues with audio leveling, but all the channels do. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment split with you though on what I think is a fantastic film The Rainmaker (l956) she earned yet another of her all leading nominations for it & *Lancaster was dazzling  but, is it a true western? Biography. The Sea of Grass (1947) "I was too dumb to quit," said director Elia Kazan of his second feature film, The Sea of Grass (1947). For their fourth onscreen outing together, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy moved away from the screwball comedy and delivered incredibly heart-felt performances in this western drama directed by the great Elia Kazan. I don't like "The Rainmaker" either we're not going to even mention "Spitfire" . I believe he also got a contract for Ronald Reagan's wife, Nancy Davis. *Another somewhat asinine casting choice-(forget it's name right now) 1957 or so co-starring with BOB HOPE??? Spirit Of St. Louis, The - Have You Got A Name? Discover what genre The Sea of Grass, 1947, directed by Elia Kazan, with Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Walker, belongs at Turner Classic Movies And he was in a number of those Road / Repertory companies. I don't know about Clark Gable being on Broadway. I never trust the judgement of rabid fans of some particular actor or actress as they seem to always expect something from them that the actor's themselves probably never feel(or felt) the need to live up to. But I will say there's another film that is divine that very few people ever talked about. She was my first film subject and I think "Happy Land" was her first movie that I remember from this article. ); KEEPER OF THE FLAME (1942? She was a product if the studio-system all the way, Irony of ironies, she was to make her broadway debut in Anna Karenina when she went away, You can still see the adds & posters for it. I also thought Melvyn Douglas was very good, as usual, and Edgar Buchanan stole every scene he was in. Sign up for a new account in our community. always comes into play when it comes to movies or music or most any other kind of entertainment, it would be more prudent to claim it's in YOUR opinion as to what was a "strong" or "weak" movie for whomever. Of course, I'm not meaning you, Top! She just admired the stage & only made 47 films, where is he started there, but despised returning to it in **1948's Rugged Path he really suffered He made his bones on the stage as Killer Mears in The Last Mile, where the gruff & hard to please John Ford went to see him every night for 3 days running & immediately offered him to a Fox-not 20th Century fox until '35) contract in1930 where the duo did a fun little prison comedy Up the River, *Bogart's 2nd film role but *Tracy easily stole the show  Strangely he & Ford never worked together again until '58's superb Irish politico The Last Hurrah  & if you count it HTWW for 1963, where he only narrated, but perfectly & perfectly ill He did it in a booth with *Kate sitting there reading & knitting all the time watching over him, forcing milk on him & water  But he was scheduled to portray Edward G.'s small role in *Ford's 1964 Western Cheyenne Autumn (***). Published in 1936, this novel presents in epic scope the conflicts in the settling of the American Southwest. Besides Woman of the Year, Turner Classic Movies will be showing three other Hepburn-Tracy titles: Keeper of the Flame, Without Love, and The Sea of Grass, all of which were MGM productions. Part of the problem maty have been *Tracy's problems with method filmmaker *Elia Kazan during filming  They did not get along, yet *Spence often got along with other method men (NOTE: *Olivier on the other hand seemed to truly dislike them & even mocked Marilyn Monroe about her recent acting classes during 1957's Prince and the Showgirl), *The Great: Spencer Tracy (l900-l967) & *Katharine Hepburn-(l907-2003) as most know first met at M-G-M by accident though, alongside the Thalberg bldg-(still there) (I even got many pictures when there of actual area, now Sony) She had virtually been stalking as to where he was since she got there, wanting him for The Philadelphia Story-(in *Jimmy Stewart's only Oscar winning role) but could never locate him, then he was here in FL in the everglades shooting The Yearling in '41, but the production was scrubbed  *Kate had idolized him since studying 1936's Fury & he was never much on compliments or emotion, she often said "I guess he liked me, he kept me around so long" unquote, Below is there 9 motion pictures & trivia>, 1942 Woman of the Year (M-G-M) (****-stars!) DirectToU, LLC is the seller of all TCM merchandise and is solely responsible for all aspects of your purchase. We are expected to purchase additional products to fix it. She ran right into Judy Garland's house and knocked the press out of the way to see about Judy after that suicide attempt in the late 40s. ), 1957 Desk Set (Fox) (the one I first saw as a kid around 1980 on late night tv & terrific it is on every level (***1/2), & of course 1967's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (by far their biggest $B.O.$ smash & most AMPAS nominations (10), a lotta milestones with his grand finale here His biggest salary at $270,000-(NOTE: though *The King Gable got $750,000 for his exit in The Misfits (l96l) The confusing pt is how could they spend that much on him, but not get insurance because of his awful health? Of the above, the only non-MGM releases were Desk Set (20th Century Fox) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Columbia). I love THE SEA OF GRASS. It was directed by Elia Kazan and based on the 1936 novel of the same name by Conrad Richter.The film stars Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, and Melvyn Douglas. It was just like those books they have now-- the film's of-- years before they ever started doing that. ), 1952 Pat & Mike (M-G-M) (my personal runner-up favorite they did. As I recall, Nancy's mother was an actress in  that same company or knew Tracy in some professional capacity too. He is married to Lara Parker, who was one of the stars of the soap opera "Dark Shadows". On America's frontier, a St. Louis woman marries a New Mexico cattleman who … Kate did the " Iron Petticoat " with Bob Hope. TM & © 2020 Turner Classic Movies, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. Things I liked about the film: The acting: In The Sea of Grass, Katharine Hepburn portrays Lutie Cameron, a St. Louis native who moves to the country in order to marry Colonel Jim Brewton.Toward the beginning of the film, Lutie comes across as naïve, as she is a romantic at heart. Though I "liked" your post up there TOP, I haven't seen SEA OF GRASS and haven't heard any opinions of it from anyone I know, so I'll reserve any judgement on it until I'm in a position to judge for myself. She just admired the stage & only made 47 films, where is he started there, but despised returning to it in 1948's Rugged Path he really suffered He made his bones on the stage as Killer Mears in The Last Mile, where the gruff & hard to please *John Ford went to see him every night for 3 days running & immediately offered him to a Fox-not 20th Century fox until '35) contract in1930 where the duo did a fun little prison comedy Up the River, *Bogart's 2nd film role but *Tracy easily stole the show  Strangely he & *Ford never worked together again until '58's superb Irish politico The Last Hurrah  & if you count it HTWW for 1963, where he only narrated, but perfectly & perfectly ill He did it in a booth with *Kate sitting there reading & knitting all the time watching over him, forcing milk on him & water  But he was scheduled to portray Edward G.'s small role in *Ford's 1964 Western Cheyenne Autumn (***). He was a liberal in the conservative McCarthy era. )- which is a straight suspense movie with rather a surprise ending, and DESK SET- which is just fun. title details and video sharing options. Often played the suave sophisticate in pursuit of a beautiful woman, as in Ernst Lubitsch's classic "Ninotchka" (1939) opposite Greta Garbo. What made it so special was that it would do a feature on all the films that a movie star had made. All Rights Reserved. While he had an inkling during pre-production that this was to be a messy shoot, he tried to persevere as best he could, though in the end his instincts were right: this is not only the least "Kazan-like" of his movies, but it's the weakest of the Tracy-Hepburn vehicles. In fact, Kate's  Broadway success in Philadelphia Story got her back into Hollywood. Man on a Tightrope is a 1953 American film noir directed by Elia Kazan, starring Fredric March and Terry Moore and Gloria Grahame.It was entered into the 3rd Berlin International Film Festival. Fox didn't really capitalize on them or photograph them to their best advantage. And, as "one man's trash etc." I think it's unfair to compare it to the other Tracy-Hepburn vehicles. Best Writing Oscar categories His movies include "It's A Wonderful Life", "The Sea Of Grass", and "Holiday Affair". As she stays in the country, Lutie gains a sense of maturity and grows as a person. "I was too dumb to quit," said director Elia Kazan of his second feature film, The Sea of Grass (1947). Though certainly not the best of the Tracy/ Hepburn films, I found it entertaining, and it was good seeing both of them in roles that were somewhat offbeat for both of them. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star as a husband and wife on America's frontier; cattlemen in a "sea of grass". she made a pt of living though before the police, meds & media & most if all is wife Louise arrived. Look at majority of modern stars & they had no broadway experience, but almost all did in these days, *Tracy & *Hepburn, *Olivier-(best on stage), *Bogie, *Gable, *Cagney, *Brando, etc except for Garbo & a handful of others, they played the boards as they called them first, Overall they learned their craft first before HOLLYWOOD, *Tracy & *Hepburn, *Olivier-(best on stage), *Bogie, *Gable, *Brando, etc except for Garbo & a handful of others, they played the boards as they called them first. Another thing he earned is 9th & of course final Oscar nomination-(posthumously) for yrs a record for actors & I bet he was within 1 to 2 votes of winner *Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night for it. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME with Barbara Bach MOONRAKER with Lois Chiles FOR YOUR EYES ONLY with Lynn-Holly Johnson Cattle baron Brewton (Spencer Tracy, his first scene), his bride-to-be (Katharen Hepburn) just in from St. Louis observing, as the judge (Robert Barratt) presides over a bent verdict in his favor, plaintiff's lawyer Chamberlain (Melvyn Douglas) infuriated, early in The Sea Of Grass, 1947. 18 P UNDER THE SEA—CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF JACQUES COUSTEAU’S BIRTH Around the World Under the Sea (’66) The Incredible Mr. Limpet (’64) Underwater! We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. So many of the Stars had to come from Broadway in the 1930s, because the Hollywood producers needed people who could talk and act at the same time. Thank you Princess, I did include Keeper of the Flame above though o the heels of Woman of the Year. (*-Always denites an Oscar winner) First got one of topbilleds wonderful e mail notices-(daily) that Sea of Grass was on today, or now on demand However of the 9 the dynamic duo did its probably the weakest & just ok (**1/2) Whos seen the 1947 western? It's easy! By While he had an inkling during pre-production that this was to be a messy shoot, he tried to persevere as best he could, though in the end his instincts were right: this is not only the least "Kazan-like" of his movies, but it's the weakest of the Tracy-Hepburn vehicles. TopBilled, you on the $$$ about the casting, matter of fact *Gable & Lana did a kinda Western together in **** Tonk (***), What are your top three of *Tracy & his *Kate's-(as he later called her? Cast and crew credits for The Sea of Grass, 1947, directed by Elia Kazan, with Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Walker, at Turner Classic Movies Modern sources note that Kazan criticized M-G-M's decision to film the picture primarily on the studio backlot, … When you consider how young she was it's amazing how many films she had already made by the late 50s. Yes, that's the play he did in LA. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. Create an account or sign in to comment. October 7, 2019 in General Discussions, (*-Always denites an Oscar winner)   First got one of topbilled's wonderful e mail notices-(daily) that Sea of Grass was on today, or now on demand  However of the 9 the dynamic duo did it's probably the weakest & just ok (**1/2), Who's seen the 1947 western? We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. Directed by Elia Kazan. But you have to give credit to people who started at the bottom in Hollywood and worked their way up. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. Popular Videos - The Sea of Grass The Sea of Grass - Topic; 9 videos; 785 views; Updated yesterday; Play all Share. The two cinematic icons star as anewly married man and wife struggling to keep their union together on Tracy's vast New Mexico cattle ranch. Aldo Ray almost steals the show though   CHERCE, or is it CHERSE?) Then, he finally did it on film and didn't even get an Oscar nomination. Spence had a hard time with "The Rugged Path" in 48 on Broadway; his drinking was getting in the way because he couldn't or shouldn't start as early as he had always done at 5:30 or 6p in Hollywood.