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August 8, 2015
It's hard to deny the chemistry between Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, but this film really lacks the weight of some of their others.
May 30, 2015
Smartly written and fueled by the undeniable chemistry of Hepburn and Tracy.
May 25, 2015
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy spent most of their screen partnerships intwined in battles of the sexes, but "Pat and Mike" finds them at their most harmoniously warm, headlining a romantic comedy without highbrow bite or indirect sexism. While thinly plotted, the film is one of their breeziest pairings, in part to George Cukor's smartly scattered comedic zest and the screenplay's knack for uptown/downtown musings.
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.
May 17, 2015
Cute little romance comedy between a trainer and an athlete.
½ November 13, 2014
A typically smart, lively pairing of legendary screen couple Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The combination of Tracy's gruff, working-class demeanor and Hepburn's ladylike, patrician bearing provides 'Pat and Mike' with its best comic moments. Keep an eye out for a young Charles Bronson.
June 30, 2014
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Two great actors from the golden age of Hollywood. Definitely a movie not to be missed.
½ September 5, 2013
A cute little romantic comedy about all round athlete Katherine Hepburn & unscrupulous yet likeable Spencer Tracey as her promoter.

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...
August 10, 2013
Tense the glutinous muscle

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?"
"I wouldn't."

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."

Grade: B
June 1, 2013
Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin here wrote an engaging screenplay about emotion-without-display for their rare uncut diamonds.
Super Reviewer
½ April 6, 2013
george cukor tries his hand here at more drama and less light hearted comedy. while not such an eye fixer it held my attention and i feel tracy outshined hepburn with a little more depth to his acting
August 8, 2012
the chemistry of on screen couples is rarely as charming as it is between katharine hepburn and spencer tracy in "pat and mike". the film has more than a few good laughs, and really well written witty dialogue. this is a definite must see for classic cinema fans.
Super Reviewer
May 11, 2012
The story of of lady sports protege and her shady manager is a sheer cover for this light farce about gender roles, typecasted with Tracy and Hepburn. Despite having moments of mirth the overall feeling I got was that the writers, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, cranked this out over a weekend. Still the star pairing is magnetic. Look for Charles Bronson, Chuck Conners, and Alfalfa (of the Little Rascals) in bit parts.
Super Reviewer
November 2, 2010
The synopsis on here says "predictable comic mishaps" predictable is right. These stars deserve more than another predictable comedy with a little romance. Yes, they do add sports to the mix, but that doesn't make it any more interesting.
September 26, 2010
Eine öde, witzlose Komödie, die Regisseur George Cukor ohne Inspiration um das einstige Dreamteam Tracy/Hepburn herumstrickt. Ohne Skript, ohne pointierte Dialoge, ohne Witz - was bleibt, ist ein emanzipatorischer Grundgedanke, der leider nie zu einer funktionierenden Form findet. Mir fällt wirklich kein Grund ein, sich diesen von zwei recht komischen Sequenzen abgesehen furchtbar drögen Film aus dem Nebenwerk aller Beteiligten anzuschauen.
May 25, 2010
Katharine Hepburn character is a strong woman that proves herself in her own right and then gets the man. Love it!
February 2, 2010
Hepburn and Tracy made some quite odd films together. Here Hepburn plays an athlete trying her hand at various sports, all of which she's good at unless her fiance is around. Tracy plays a somewhat shady sports promoter attempting to lead her to success. A surprisingly large amount of the film is just Hepburn playing golf and tennis and is not particularly funny and/or interesting. I don't think sporting set pieces were director George Cukor's strong point. But when the characters are actually given licence to talk it's much better. The scene involving Hepburn's 'man-handling' of two tough guys (one of whom is played by a very young Charles Bronson) is very funny.
December 28, 2009
Katharine Hepburn seemed a little old for a professional athlete, but the chemistry was pretty sweet in what boiled down to two people who spent a lot of time around each other and became fond of each other.

Watch out for Charles Bronson and Alfalfa (of Little Rascals fame)! And watch out for Cheryl punching Collier in the face through the TV!
½ September 16, 2009
Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon wrote this screenplay because of Katharine Hepburn's real sports ability. This is a terrific comedy and a great vehicle for Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. This gives Tracy a chance to play a Brooklyn sports thug. Also, this is a rare chance to see some famous Women golfers of the early 1950's on film and not to mention a great performance by Jim Backus. George Cukor's direction is relaxed and natural. This movie is a great film.
September 13, 2009
Slight but still fun.
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