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Sea Of Grass
     

Sea Of Grass

Director: Elia Kazan

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Walker

 

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Usually associated with erudite, urbane comedies, the legendary screen team of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy goes intensely dramatic in the expensive western Sea of Grass. Tracy plays cattle baron Colonel James Brewton, who staunchly opposes opening the western frontier to homesteaders. Standing steadfastly beside Brewton-at least at the beginning--is his

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Usually associated with erudite, urbane comedies, the legendary screen team of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy goes intensely dramatic in the expensive western Sea of Grass. Tracy plays cattle baron Colonel James Brewton, who staunchly opposes opening the western frontier to homesteaders. Standing steadfastly beside Brewton-at least at the beginning--is his headstrong wife Lutie (Hepburn). Eventually disillusioned by the stern implacability of her husband, Lutie leaves Brewton and goes off to Denver, where she falls in love with liberal attorney Brice Chamberlain (Melvyn Douglas), the champion of the homesteaders' cause. Upon giving birth to Chamberlain's son, Lutie confesses her indiscretion to Brewton, who takes the news with commendable restraint, even offering to accept the baby as his own. Unfortunately, the Brewtons' standing in the community is weakened by the revelation of Lutie's infidelity, causing her to leave her husband for a second time. Years later, Lutie's grown-up boy Brock (Robert Walker) drifts to the wrong side of the law, leading to his death at the hands of a posse. Though it hardly seems possible under the circumstances, Brewton and Lutie are at long last reconciled through the intervention of their daughter Sara Beth (Phyllis Thaxter). Elaborately produced in the traditional MGM manner and adroitly directed by Elia Kazan, Sea of Grass is still one of the lesser Tracy-Hepburns.

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Before making 1951's cultural landmark A Streetcar Named Desire, Elia Kazan gained notoriety for stage work and such small-scale, socially relevant pictures as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and the Spencer Tracy-Katherine Hepburn vehicle Sea of Grass (1947). Though the couple was best known for their comic work with director George Cukor -- State of the Union (1948), Adam's Rib (1949) -- they took their chances on this more political family drama. Working from Conrad Richter's novel, Kazan explores the familiar ranchers-versus-farmers theme, but the movie veers away from predictable Western conventions. Instead, the setting is used more as a backdrop to the film's central romantic relationship. Famed for his ability to elicit strong work from his performers, Kazan coaxes memorable turns from Tracy and Hepburn, as well as from supporting players Robert Walker and Melvyn Douglas.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/1998
UPC:
0027616096531
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Warner)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Col. Jim Brewton
Katharine Hepburn Lutie Cameron
Robert Walker Brock Brewton
Melvyn Douglas Brice Chamberlain
Phyllis Thaxter Sara Beth Brewton
Edgar Buchanan Jeff
Harry Carey Doc Reid
Ruth Nelson Selena Hall
William "Bill" Phillips Banty
Donald Smith Floyd McCurtin
Charles Trowbridge George Trowbridge
Russell Hicks Maj. Harney
Trevor Bardette Andy Boggs
Morris Ankrum Crane
Eddie Acuff Actor
Henry Adams Actor
Erville Alderson Station Agent
Myrtle Anderson Actor
Stanley Andrews Sheriff
Frank Austin Station Agent
Polly Bailey Actor
Dick Baron Newsboy
Vangie Beilby Actor
Joe Bernard Actor
Margaret Bert Actor
Robert Bice Actor
Marietta Canty Rachael
William Challee Deputy Sheriff
Wheaton Chambers Dean
Ruth Cherrington Actor
Chief Many Treaties Indian
Naomi Childers Actor
Davison Clark Actor
Joseph Crehan Sen. Graw
Sidney D'Albrook Actor
Frank Darien Minister
Jack Davis Foreman
Vernon Dent Conductor
Helen Dickson Actor
Mike Pat Donovan Actor
Budd Fine Brakeman
Douglas Fowley Joe Horton
Fred Graham Actor
Jesse Graves Luke
Frank S. Hagney Man
John Hamilton Forrest Cochran
Jim Hawkins Brock, Age 5 1/2
Pat Henry Brock, Age 1
Earl Hodgins Actor
William Holmes Gambler
Rose Langdon Woman
Nolan Leary Actor
Ralph Littlefield Homesteader
Leota Lorraine Bits
George Magrill Actor
Robert Malcolm Actor
Mickey Martin Newsboy
Charles McAvoy Actor
Charles B. Middleton Charley
Howard Mitchell Conductor
Carol Nugent Sarah Beth, Age 7
James O'Reare Piano Tuner
Frank Pharr Actor
Bernice Pilot Actor
George H. Reed Uncle Nat
John Rice Actor
Duncan Richardson Brock, Age 3
Buddy Roosevelt Actor
Gene Roth Actor
Dick Rush Cattleman
Wyndham Standing Actor
Jack Stoney Actor
Glenn Strange Bill Roach
Henry Sylvester Actor
Forrest Taylor Actor
Ray Teal Actor
Laura Treadwell Actor
Dorothy Vaughan Mrs. Hodges
John Vosper Hotel Clerk
Eddy Waller Actor
Dan White Ike Randall
Guy Wilkerson Wake
Lawrence Lathrop Messenger
Gertrude Chorre Indian Nurse
Jasper Palmer Actor
Patty Smith Sarah Beth, Age 4 1/2
Joe Brockman Actor
Fred Gilman Actor
Skeets Noyes Beady-Eyed Man
James Bell Sam Hall
Robert H. Barrat Judge White
Nora Cecil Nurse
Hank Worden Cowhand

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Mildred Griffiths Set Decoration/Design
Paul Groesse Art Director
Robert J. Kern Editor
Vincent Lawrence Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Marguerite Roberts Screenwriter
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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