The Actress

1953, Drama, 1h 30m

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In 1913 Boston, teenager Ruth Gordon Jones (Jean Simmons) wants nothing more than to be a famous actress. Her father, Clinton (Spencer Tracy), who recently lost his job as a sailor and became a factory worker, however expresses his desire that Ruth train to be a teacher. Between managing a blossoming romance with a Harvard student (Anthony Perkins) and trying to get a foothold in the theatrical world, Ruth must convince her family to support her dreams.

Cast & Crew

Spencer Tracy
Clinton Jones
Jean Simmons
Ruth Gordon Jones (later known as Ruth Gordon)
Anthony Perkins
Fred Whitmarsh
Teresa Wright
Annie Jones
Mary Wickes
Emma Glavey
Ian Wolfe
Mr. Bagley
Dawn Bender
Katherine Follets
Ruth Gordon
Screenwriter
Bronislau Kaper
Original Music
Harold Rosson
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  • Jun 03, 2010
    The beautiful Jean Simmons stars as Ruth Jones, a 17-year old girl in the early 20th century who wants to be an actress so badly that -- with typical teenage girl angst -- she wants to die. Her mother (Teresa Wright) knows of her dreams, but they are both afraid to tell Ruth's gruff seaman father (Spencer Tracy). When she finally tells him, she gets a surprise as to what she learns of her father's past. This film would have been entertaining on its own merits, but that it's based on fact makes it that much better. The story is based on the early years of Ruth Gordon, known for such roles as the Satan-worshipping neighbor in Rosemary's Baby and the life-affirming old lady in Harold and Maude. I am not familiar with Ruth Gordon's early work, but if Jean Simmons' swooning and weeping dramatics are any indication, Ms. Gordon was born to be an actress (although Spencer Tracy nearly steals the film from Simmons.)
    Cindy I Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2010
    Jean Simmons is great in this. Spencer Tracy and Teresa Wright good as her parents.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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