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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 ...
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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Soundtracks

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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Katharine Hepburn as a hill billy???
2 January 2007 | by (Spring City, Pa. USA) – See all my reviews

Any chance to see Katharine Hepburn in something I haven't seen or from her early movie career is a treat, and on that level the film is amusing, but she's horrible miscast as a Hill Billy. Her famous New England enunciation slips through, making lines like, "I'd better rustle up some Vittles" pretty ludicrous. She's so pretty and so young… it almost overcomes this major flaw. The story is an old fashioned melodrama, and there fore, a younger generation may think this pretty corny stuff, but this was the staple of American Entertainment well into the 1940's. It has its moments, but you might need to be a die-hard movie buff to appreciate it.


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