On this day in 1952, M-G-M released PAT AND MIKE, another in the short series of popular films starring KATHERINE HEPBURN and SPENCER TRACY. Directed by GEORGE CUKOR from a script by the husband and wife writing team of GARSON KANIN and RUTH GORDON, the battle of the sexes was never played out with better natural chemistry.
(Keep an eye out for a very young CHARLES BRONSON in this trailer)
On this day in 1907, Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut. The daughter of New England intellectuals who stressed rigorous exercise and independent thinking, Hepburn studied at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and went on to become a stage actress.Her success onstage led to a movie contract and almost instant success. Her first movie, A Bill of Divorcement (1932) with John Barrymore, was a hit. She went on to win three Oscars, for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), and The Lion in Winter (1968).
Hepburn’s fierce independence often brought her into conflict with studio executives, who generally deferred to her demands, which gave her unusual power for an actress during the studio era. In 1942, she played a political journalist who falls in love with a sportswriter, played by Spencer Tracy, in Woman of the Year. Tracy and Hepburn actually did fall in love, but Tracy, a devout Catholic, was unwilling to divorce his wife. Tracy and Hepburn’s love affair continued for 25 years, until his death. Tracy was gravely ill during the last five years of his life, and Hepburn took time out from her career to nurse him. She continued to make screen appearances into the 1990s.
On this day in 1938, M-G-M released one of the all-time great ‘buddy movies’ with TEST PILOT. Directed by the legendary VICTOR FLEMING and starring CLARK GABLE, SPENCER TRACY and MYRNA LOY, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards. Great fun to this day.
On this day in 1955, M-G-M released BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK, a post-war moral fable directed by JOHN STURGES and starring SPENCER TRACY, ROBERT RYAN, ANNE FRANCIS, DEAN JAGGER, WALTER BRENNAN, ERNEST BORGNINE and LEE MARVIN. Nominated for three Academy Awards, the film still packs a punch today.
On this day in 1943, M-G-M released the perfect wartime romance, A GUY NAMED JOE. Directed by VICTOR FLEMING and starring SPENCER TRACY, IRENE DUNNE and VAN JOHNSON this sentimental story tells of a dead Worlr War II pilot who comes back as guardian angel to the pilot now romancing his girl. This story was retold decades later by STEVEN SPEILBERG in his remake, ALWAYS.