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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Trigger Hicks
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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 ...
Mrs. Sawyer
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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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30 March 1934 (USA)  »

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Adapted from the Broadway play "Trigger" by Lula Vollmer. It was directed by Katharine Hepburn's good friend George Cukor and opened at the Little Theatre in New York on December 6, 1927 and ran for 47 performances. Claiborne Foster played the lead. In the opening night cast were Sara Haden and Louis Mason, both of whom are also in the movie, and Walter Connolly and Minor Watson. Also in the stage cast as Eleanor Stafford was Natalie Schafer, best known to today's audiences as "Mrs. Howell" on TV's Gilligan's Island (1964). 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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"Them that's trash like me" are characters in trash like this
5 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a tribute to the great Katharine Hepburn that despite RKO casting her as an Okefenokee swamp hillbilly in "Spitfire," where she plays a character named Trigger (formerly mainly known as Roy Rogers' horse), Hepburn managed to have a magnificent and long career. A role like this would a brung down a lesser filly an' she'd a bin hog-tied an' on her way home on the horse that brung her.

Trigger, anyway, lives in a shack with her drunken pappy, lives on faith and is actually a faith-healer. Her neighbors think she's a witch. Two engineers, John Stafford (Robert Young) and George Fleetwood (Ralph Bellamy) meet Trigger and try to help her after she steals a baby in order to heal him. Both engineers end up falling for Trigger, though John is married and his wife shows up.

Katharine Hepburn's finishing school accent doesn't mix well with mountain talk. This is dreadful miscasting. The film is based on a play, and this was probably a new kind of play that didn't deal with the upper class, so it required a more natural style of acting. There's no denying that Hepburn was a fantastic actress, and she certainly can play the emotions called for in this role. But it's a bad fit.

Sidney Toler, who played Charlie Chan, appears in this film and speaks with the same that thar back-slapping accent as the rest of them.

Odd film, probably an odd play, with a odd cast.


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