Because of (or in spite of) the duo’s complicated off-screen romance, their on-screen pairing translated to a dynamic chemistry that was remarkable. Very smart and very funny, WOMAN OF THE YEAR remains a comedy classic.
On this day in 1955, M-G-M released BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK. Directed by JOHN STURGES from a screenplay by MILLARD KAUFMAN and DON McGUIRE, this film remains a minor Hollywood classic. A story of mystery and suspense set against a backdrop of small town secrets, the all-star cast includes SPENCER TRACY, ROBERT RYAN, ANNE FRANCIS, DEAN JAGGER, WALTER BRENNAN, LEE MARVIN, JOHN ERICSON and ERNEST BORGNINE. Well worth checking out!
On this day in 1967, COLUMBIA PICTURES released GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER?. Directed by STANLEY KRAMER this story of an upper Middle Class white family shaken when the daughter brings home a fiancee who is black is such an anachronism it’s hard to imagine it actually happened in many of our lifetimes. The cast featured SPENCER TRACY, KATHERINE HEPBURN, SIDNEY POITIER, KATHERINE HOUGHTON, CECIL KELLOWAY and ISABEL SANFORD.
On this day in 1953, METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER released THE ACTRESS. Directed by the fabulous GEORGE CUKOR from the play and screenplay by RUTH GORDON this story of a stage-struck daughter starred SPENCER TRACY, JEAN SIMMONS, TERESA WRIGHT, ANTHONY PERKINS and MARY WICKES. An autobiographical dramedy with loads of heart.
On this day in 1938, M-G-M released BOYS TOWN Directed by NORMAN TAUROG from a screenplay by DORE SCHARY, this weepy tale of a scrappy kid from the wrong side of the tracks set straight by the legendary Father Flannigan got plenty of attention at Oscar time. The stellar cast included SPENCER TRACY and MICKEY ROONEY in stand-out performances.