The Sea of Grass 1947

The Sea of Grass

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Lutie Cameron (Katharine Hepburn) arrives in New Mexico, having married cattleman James Brewton (Spencer Tracy) after a short courtship. She finds that her husband is considered a tyrant by locals for jealously guarding his million acres of land, the "Sea of Grass," against homesteaders. Lutie is unfaithful to him with his enemy, liberal lawyer Brice Chamberlain (Melvyn Douglas), and conceives a son. When James finds out, he orders her to leave -- without her two children.

Cast & Crew

Spencer Tracy
Col. James B. "Jim" Brewton
Katharine Hepburn
Lutie Cameron Brewton
Melvyn Douglas
Brice Chamberlain
Robert Walker
Brock Brewton
Phyllis Thaxter
Sara Beth Brewton
Harry Carey
Doc J. Reid
Ruth Nelson
Selina Hall
William "Bill" Phillips
Banty
Robert Armstrong
Floyd McCurtin
Conrad Richter
Writer (Novel)
Marguerite Roberts
Writer (Screenplay)
Vincent Lawrence
Writer (Screenplay)
Harry Stradling Sr.
Cinematographer
Robert Kern
Film Editor
Herbert Stothart
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  • Dec 14, 2011
    Minor entry in the Hepburn/Tracy canon is justifiably obscure. The script is long winded but not terribly deep. As far as the performances Spencer Tracy is right at home as the rigid man whose pride works to his detriment but Kate seems uncomfortable in her role and it doesn't really fit her, a wounded dignity is needed and her tough resilience is at odds with that, Margaret Sullavan would have been much better suited to the part. The basic structure of the film works against what was always so special about the pair and that's their interaction, for great swatches of this they are apart. Robert Walker shows up late in the proceeding and injects some much needed life in the picture but is gone too soon. One good piece of casting is Phyllis Thaxter as the pair's grown daughter, she bears a striking resemblance to both and really does seem as if she could be their child. The best performance in the whole show is turned in by the reliable Edgar Buchanan as the family standby, his involvement with the others is one of the few parts that doesn't feel artificial. The usually reliable Melvyn Douglas is defeated by a stick figure character. The pace of the film is too slow, this was an early film for Kazan and he still had some learning to do, and by the end it becomes a trial too sit though. Not awful but a miss.
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