Crazy Quilt Cass:4580 wrote:
Spencer Tracy ... Col. James B. 'Jim' Brewton
Katharine Hepburn ... Lutie Cameron Brewton
Robert Walker ... Brock Brewton
Melvyn Douglas ... Brice Chamberlain
Phyllis Thaxter ... Sara Beth Brewton
Edgar Buchanan ... Jeff, Cook on Brewton Ranch
Harry Carey ... Doc J. Reid
Ruth Nelson ... Selina Hall, Sam Hall's Wife
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Banty, Brewton Ranch Hand (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Robert Armstrong ... Floyd McCurtin (Brewton's attorney)
James Bell ... Sam Hall, Homesteader
Robert Barrat ... Judge Seth White, Salt Fork
Charles Trowbridge ... George Cameron
Russell Hicks ... Major Harney
Trevor Bardette ... Andy Boggs, Homesteader
The highly melodramatic western begins with St. Louis resident Katharine Hepburn marrying New Mexico cattleman Spencer Tracy after a short courtship. When she arrives in "Salt Pork, NM" she finds that her new husband is considered by the locals to be a tyrant who uses force to keep homesteaders off the government owned land he uses for grazing his cattle--the so-called Sea of Grass. Hepburn's character, Lutie, has difficulty reconciling her husband's beliefs and passions with her own, and eventually leaves him just long enough to conceive a child with her husband's moral enemy. Two years later, in the midst of a crisis, her husband discovers her infidelity and forces her to leave--without her two children (husband's daughter and other man's son). Written by Sophie Aldern.
Crazy Quilt Cass' Review...
This Tracy/Hepburn film was not our usual 'Tracy/Hepburn' film... As we recollect in Woman of the Year (January 1942) and Without Love (March 1945), the love was always there... no spliting of characters. There was a disagreement between Katharine Hepburn and Director Elia Kazan... Hepburn wasn't sure that she could do the role of an unloving wife, especially with Spencer Tracy as her opposite. She almost turned the role down but Tracy told her that it was only a role and that she would be fine. Hepburn wrote in her memoirs that when she cried in this movie that "the tears came natural as she didn't want to act that way towards Tracy, in real life or on film"...
Well, there you have it... Check out The Sea of Grass from 1947!
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