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Spitfire (1934)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  30 March 1934 (USA)
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Mountain girl Trigger Hicks, a fierce loner equally handy with a rock or a prayer, is in danger of having her faith-healing mistaken for witchcraft by the neighbors. She shows a vulnerable ... See full summary »

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John Stafford
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George Fleetwood
Martha Sleeper ...
Eleanor Stafford
Louis Mason ...
Bill Grayson
Sara Haden ...
Etta Dawson (as Sarah Haden)
Virginia Howell ...
Granny Raines
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Mr. Sawyer
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West Fry (as High Ghere)
John Beck ...
Jake Hawkins
Therese Wittler ...
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Mountain girl Trigger Hicks, a fierce loner equally handy with a rock or a prayer, is in danger of having her faith-healing mistaken for witchcraft by the neighbors. She shows a vulnerable side when John Stafford, a philandering engineer working on a new dam, is attracted to her. Matters come to a head when Trigger "rescues" an abused baby from its parents, and seeks help from the engineers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Trivia

The rights to the play "Trigger" were purchased with Dorothy Jordan in mind for the lead. However, Katharine Hepburn agreed to star on the condition that she could leave for New York on November 16, 1933 to appear in the play "The Lake". Shooting of the two final scenes ran about 6 hours late on November 15, 1933, but director John Cromwell was dissatisfied with the results and wanted to reshoot them. Miss Hepburn refused at first, citing the terms of her contract. She then demanded, and received, $10,000 (in addition to her $50,000 salary) to stay an extra day for the reshoot. See more »

Quotes

John Stafford: You trust me, don't you?
Trigger Hicks: Don't trust no man farther than a shotgun can hit.
John Stafford: Oh, you never loved a man, then, did you?
Trigger Hicks: Sure, I've loved a heap of 'em. The more I love 'em, the less I trust 'em.
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Featured in Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993) See more »

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At the Cross
(1885) (uncredited)
Music by Hugh Wilson from "Martyrdom" (1800)
Hymn by Isaac Watts (1707)
Refrain and arrangement by Ralph E. Hudson (1885)
Sung a cappella by Katharine Hepburn
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words would normally fail me....
5 August 2004 | by (Queensland Australia) – See all my reviews

This would have to be one of the oddest films ever, so much so, I taped it, re-ran about five times and still could not make my mind up. What on earth was the studio/director/writers et al up to ? Then suddenly it hit me, it was an early joke movie someone dreamed up; something like how do we stop immigration into the States, easy, we'll convince the would be newcomers that all Americans are like this ? and thus they'll all return to their native lands. No surely not. Perhaps it was the studios way of pacifying a would be investor who had millions, but a very bad storyline ? Well I do know that Katherine Hepburn became the worlds most incredible actress because she had enough gumption to do silly jobs like this one and rise so far above it that the 'sum of the parts became greater than the whole' Trigger, ah luvsyer gal. (please tell a foreigner whether there actually are/were people like these hill-billies in the US of A) Do you want to see this anomaly ? rent it buy it steal it even. If it gives you something to think about, then good, that's entertainment, I think.


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