Pat and Mike Reviews
Hepburn portrays Pat Pemberton, a physical ed instructor who spends her afternoons training athletic collegians. Her days of competing are far from over, though; as the film opens, she is basking in the final few moments before an important golf match. Pat is a dynamic athlete, but she has a minor problem when it comes to performing. Whenever her fiancee, the pompous Collier (William Ching), appears for support, her skills take a downturn, as if he were a bad luck charm. Collier wants Pat to retire from her sports career so she can become a full-time wife, but Pat, independent and smart, knows deep in her heart that she doesn't want to marry him and doesn't want to waste her days cleaning and cooking and kid raising. She has more important things to do than fill general women's roles.
After a particularly rough match, thanks to the presence of the smarmy Collier, Pat is down in the dumps, but her athletic prowess is noticed by Mike Conovan (Spencer Tracy), a sports promoter who normally supports boxing acts. Right then and there, he deems her the world's top female athlete. But with her tendency to screw up at the worst of times, Mike becomes determined to train Pat until she becomes a wunderkind with the ability to smash cultural norms and sports records. As the two begin to see each other more frequently, however, it seems that mutual attraction is steadily growing, and traffic cones like Mike's other subject, a bird-brained boxer (Aldo Ray), prejudiced mobsters, and a smug Collier, will hardly stand in their way.
I suppose "Pat and Mike" works so well because there isn't a moment in its 95 minutes where its stars are hating each other. In the subtly sexist "Woman of the Year", the entire middle half was spent with Hepburn and Tracy hardly attempting to overcome marital woes; in the witty "Adam's Rib", combative battles of words came more regularly than moments of adoration. "Pat and Mike" is a rather thin, simplistic romantic comedy, but without much conflict, it spends more time being likable than it does messing with our heads. It's a wonderful change of pace for its stars.
Hepburn trades hardness for an affectionate, slacks not pants wearing performance (boasting her athletic skill along the way), and Tracy's teddy bear, Chicawgo affability is impossible to resist. Supporting performer Ray nearly steals the film as Mike's other client, Davie. A gentle giant of a dope who probably spends his days laughing at "The Three Stooges" while swigging beers, his nights bruising his little brains, Ray is a lovable and goofy supplement to his lively co-stars.
With writing team Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon's ear for the distinction between city dwellers and the intellectual middle-class, "Pat and Mike" is unsubstantial but towering in its charisma. It's a joy from start to finish, a comedy showcase for Hepburn and Tracy.
Strangely this wasn't exactly what I expected but nonetheless an enjoyable film largely due to their charisma on screen.
It was as comic as I thought it would be but still was interesting to unravel & see a more much physical than usual performance from Mrs Hepburn. A cute little comedy that is worth the watch...
Pat is an amazing female athlete that is good at every sport she tries. Mike is a shady sports promoter that makes a living by fixing sporting events. Mike and Pat meet and an immediate mutual attraction takes place. Mike tries to right his wrongs and keep his shady behaviors from becoming evident to Pat. Is there any chance for Mike and Pat to have a future or will Mike's profession doom them?
"How would you like to come in second?"
George Cukor, director of My Fair Lady, Adam's Rib, A Star is Born, The Philadelphia Story, Wild is the Wind, Rich and Famous, Gaslight, and Keeper of the Flame, delivers Pat and Mike. The storyline for this picture is very entertaining and fun to watch unfold. The characters are very dynamic and the dialogue is excellent. The cast delivers wonderful performances and includes Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Aldo Ray, and Sammy White.
"Together we can lick them all."
I am a huge Spencer Tracy fan and DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) a couple months ago. I have enjoyed several films he worked with Katherine Hepburn in and found this another great film with these two stars. Overall, this isn't either of their best picture but it is definitely worth a viewing.
"You are one beautiful thing to watch."
Watch out for Charles Bronson and Alfalfa (of Little Rascals fame)! And watch out for Cheryl punching Collier in the face through the TV!