Spitfire

Spitfire

Director: John Cromwell

Cast: John Cromwell, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Young, Ralph Bellamy

     
 

When asked in 1970 to recall his participation in RKO Radio's Spitfire, Ralph Bellamy prefaced his comments with a terse "Why don't we just forget about it?" Based on a play by Lula Vollmer, the film stars Katharine Hepburn, phony Ozark accent and all, as Trigger Hicks, an illiterate hillbilly faith healer. A very curious youngSee more details below

Overview

When asked in 1970 to recall his participation in RKO Radio's Spitfire, Ralph Bellamy prefaced his comments with a terse "Why don't we just forget about it?" Based on a play by Lula Vollmer, the film stars Katharine Hepburn, phony Ozark accent and all, as Trigger Hicks, an illiterate hillbilly faith healer. A very curious young lady, Trigger prays for the souls of all those around her, but this doesn't stop her from flinging rocks at them when she's upset (which is often!). Romance unexpectedly enters Trigger's life in the form of engineer Stafford (Robert Young) and construction boss Fleetwood (Ralph Bellamy), both of whom are instrumental in saving her from a superstitious lynch mob after she kidnaps an ailing baby "for its own good." Outside of Sylvia Scarlett, Spitfire is Katharine Hepburn's strangest film -- and, sad to say, one of her worst.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Spitfire asks its audience to stretch credibility way past the breaking point. Can any audience be expected to buy Katharine Hepburn as a faith healer, let alone as one who is so far backwoods that even the hillbillies might have a hard time claiming her? Hepburn was an enormously talented motion-picture actress, and while she should be commended for wanting to stretch herself, it has to be admitted that she was fundamentally unsuited for the role of Trigger. As miscast as she undoubtedly is, however, she's still interesting to watch, as she mouths religious bromides, lets loose her hair-trigger temper, and adopts an accent never heard before or since anywhere on this or any other planet. Hepburn tended to give her all to a part, and the sheer energy with which she attacks Trigger makes for entertainment. And, despite all the obstacles, Hepburn still manages to find moments when her talent bursts forth and she creates an indelible instant of screen magic. She gets little help from the script, but director John Cromwell at least finds ways of showing her off in the best light possible under the circumstances.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2009
UPC:
0883316140277
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
64,082

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Trigger Hicks
Robert Young John Stafford
Ralph Bellamy George Fleetwood
Martha Sleeper Eleanor Stafford
Louis Mason Bill Grayson
Sidney Toler Mr. Sawyer
Sara Haden Etta Dawson
Virginia Howell Granny Raines
Therese Witlier Mrs. Sawyer
John Beck Jake Hawkins
Bob Burns West Fry
High Ghere West Fry
Bob Kortman Mountaineer

Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director,Producer
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Mel Burns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
William Morgan Editor
Jane Murfin Screenwriter
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Lula Vollmer Screenwriter

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