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Cass Timberlane (1947)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  January 1948 (USA)
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Judge Cass Timberlane marries a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Virginia Marshland. A baby is stillborn and she turns more and more to attorney friend of of Cass' Brad Criley. While... See full summary »

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Jamie Wargate
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Queenie Havock
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Boone Havock
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Chris Grau
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Diantha Marl
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Webb Wargate
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Avis Elderman
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Lillian Drover
Selena Royle ...
Louise Wargate
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Gregg Marl
Richard Gaines ...
Dennis Thane
John Alexander ...
Dr. Roy Drover
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Judge Cass Timberlane marries a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Virginia Marshland. A baby is stillborn and she turns more and more to attorney friend of of Cass' Brad Criley. While quarreling the Judge tells Virginia to stay with Brad, but when she becomes sick he brings her home. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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"In Love With Her Was Like Being in an Earthquake!"

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Sinclair Lewis' Cass Timberlane  »

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Trivia

Jennifer Jones, Vivien Leigh, and Virginia Grey were among those thought out for the female lead. See more »

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Bradd's clients, the Wargates, were hiding behavior described as 'not criminal, but illegal' yet their activities were never revealed, despite their intentional manipulation of the Judge and his refusal to postpone their case on the court calendar. See more »

Quotes

Cass Timberlane: Safe!
Virginia 'Jinny' Marshland: Are you sure?
Cass Timberlane: Yes.
Virginia 'Jinny' Marshland: I thought you were a friend.
Cass Timberlane: An umpire has no friends.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Spencer Tracy (1961) See more »

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Love isn't always easy
23 January 2005 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

"Cass Timberlane" is a film about unexpected love and the choices you have to make when you're in love. Directed by George Sidney and starring Spencer Tracy as Cass, a judge in small-town Minnesota who is part of the middle-aged country club set. He's generally living a comfortable and content existence when he meets Virginia (Lana Turner), a woman who is at first a witness for a small claims case and later runs into. They strike up a friendship and then a romance, culminating in their marriage. When their child dies while being born, Virginia finds herself more and more restless and spending more time with Cass' best friend, the younger and handsome attorney Bradd (Zachary Scott). The country club set sees them getting closer, and collectively send Bradd to New York under the guise that he is being transferred for his job, just as Cass is starting to wonder if something is up between Bradd and Virginia. Virginia convinces him that there is nothing going on, and eventually Cass offers to move them to New York so she isn't so bored. Cass is then forced to choose between the love he has for his town and his job, and his love for his wife and her needs.

Spencer Tracy is excellent in this film, as he is in all of his films, and Lana Turner is also quite good. The scenes between she and Zachary Scott have enough heat in them to make us wonder if they are guilty of adultery as well. The story is a pretty straightforward drama, nothing special, but it is a good script and offers up enough conflict to satisfy without resorting to overload and ridiculous emotion. This is an average film that was well worth looking up. 6/10 --Shelly


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