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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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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 <>

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


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

January 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sinclair Lewis' Cass Timberlane  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tracy was not initially pleased with the studio's choice of director, hoping to have George Cukor or Vincente Minnelli assigned the position. See more »


It is never revealed to Cass or Ginny that Bradd did not choose to move to NYC but was forced there by his clients, the Wargates. See more »


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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Rich folks don't bowl...
9 November 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Spencer Tracy is a hard-nosed small town judge who meets feisty, attractive young Lana Turner in his courtroom one day and finds himself smitten; they date and he soon proposes, but there's an immediate problem: Lana's from the poor side of town and doesn't have the judge's class (she bowls and plays baseball) while all the judge's high society friends mingle at cocktail parties and gossip on the phone. From the way the film is written and directed, we are to assume Lana is really benefiting from this marriage, but she's never as happy as she was in those early scenes of "poverty" and, worse, she never returns to her roots, just goes around in circles finding the judge's money, power and friends a chore. The script is actually rather condescending in its approach to Turner's character; it has been written by people with money who have no idea what the "poor side of town" even looks like, and the filmmakers can't even grasp the fact that Turner (and maybe even judge Tracy) would be much happier away from all the champagne and telephone gossips and get involved in some low-income fun (like bowling!). Instead of focusing on the class-issue, they throw another man in Lana's path, which is the oldest issue in the book. This movie doesn't have any courage, and only the early courting scenes have spark. Tracy and Turner do all they can, but it's a lost cause.

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