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Release Date:
25 April 1947 (USA) See more »
Spencer Tracy. Cattle baron . . ruthless, rugged! Katharine Hepburn. Fiery . . . fascinating gal from St. Louis! Robert Walker. Gun-shooting and gambling fool! Melvyn Douglas. He knew women! Soft words, Soft looks! See more »
This western begins with St. Louis resident Lutie Cameron (Katharine Hepburn) marrying New Mexico cattleman Col... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Spencer Tracy ... Col. James B. 'Jim' Brewton

Katharine Hepburn ... Lutie Cameron Brewton

Robert Walker ... Brock Brewton

Melvyn Douglas ... Brice Chamberlain

Phyllis Thaxter ... Sara Beth Brewton

Edgar Buchanan ... Jeff, Cook on Brewton Ranch

Harry Carey ... Doc J. Reid
Ruth Nelson ... Selina Hall, Sam Hall's Wife
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Banty, Brewton Ranch Hand (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Robert Armstrong ... Floyd McCurtin (Brewton's attorney)
James Bell ... Sam Hall, Homesteader
Robert Barrat ... Judge Seth White, Salt Fork
Charles Trowbridge ... George Cameron
Russell Hicks ... Major Dell Harney
Trevor Bardette ... Andy Boggs, Homesteader
Morris Ankrum ... A.J. Crane, Attorney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Cattleman (uncredited)
Henry Adams ... Gambler (uncredited)
Erville Alderson ... First Station Agent (uncredited)
Myrtle Anderson ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Bill the Sheriff (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Second Station Agent (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Dick Baron ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Vangie Beilby ... Old Townswoman (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Robert Bice ... Brewton Ranch Hand (uncredited)

Barbara Billingsley ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Whit Bissell ... Ted, the Clerk (uncredited)
Joe Brockman ... Cattleman (uncredited)
Marietta Canty ... Rachael (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Mrs. Ryan, Nurse (uncredited)
William Challee ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Dean (uncredited)
Ruth Cherrington ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Naomi Childers ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Gertrude Chorre ... Brewton's Indian Nurse (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Cattleman (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Colorado Senator Grew (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Minister (uncredited)
Jack Davis ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Piano Player Spectator (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Nester (uncredited)
Franz Dorfler ... Townsman (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Brakeman (uncredited)

Douglas Fowley ... Joe Horton (uncredited)
Fred Gilman ... Cattleman (uncredited)

Ann Gowland ... Sarah Beth at Age 2 (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Luke (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Forrest Hamilton (uncredited)

Jimmy Hawkins ... Brock at Age 5 (uncredited)
June Hedin ... Sarah Beth at Age 11 (uncredited)
Pat Henry ... Brock at Age 1 (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Brewton Ranch Hand (uncredited)
William Holmes ... Gambler (uncredited)
Bob Ingersoll ... Station Loafer (uncredited)
Rose Langdon ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Paul Langton ... Young Doctor (uncredited)
Larry Lathrop ... Messenger (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Ralph Littlefield ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Leota Lorraine ... Townswoman (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Townsman (uncredited)
Chief Many Treaties ... Indian (uncredited)
Mickey Martin ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Station Loafer (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Homesteader (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Charley, Saloon Owner (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Railroad Conductor (voice) (uncredited)
Skeets Noyes ... Beady-Eyed Man (uncredited)
Carol Nugent ... Sarah Beth at Age 7 (uncredited)
James O'Rear ... Piano Tuner (uncredited)
Norman Ollestad ... Brock at Age 8 (uncredited)
J.L. Palmer ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... Station Loafer (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Obed 'Dad' Pickard ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bernice Pilot ... Maid (uncredited)
George Reed ... Uncle Nat (uncredited)
John Rice ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Loud-Mouthed Salt Fork Townsman (uncredited)
Duncan Richardson ... Brock at Age 3 (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Ike Randall, Brewton Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Cattleman (uncredited)
Irving Smith ... Black Servant (uncredited)
Patty Smith ... Sarah Beth at Age 4 (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Gambler (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
Glenn Strange ... Bill Roach, Brewton Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Townsman (uncredited)
Forrest Taylor ... Homesteader (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Cattleman (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ... Townswoman (uncredited)
William Van Vleck ... Nester (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. Hodges (uncredited)
John Vosper ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Eddy Waller ... Homesteader (uncredited)

Dan White ... Wake, Brewton Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Brewton Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Rocky Woods ... Cattleman (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Bill, Salt Fork Townsman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Elia Kazan 
Writing credits
Conrad Richter (novel "The Sea of Grass")

Marguerite Roberts  and
Vincent Lawrence 

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
Film Editing by
Robert Kern  (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Valles (costumes: men)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Sidman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mildred Griffiths .... associate set decorator
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Alberto Colombo .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Frey .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Carl 'Major' Roup .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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123 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #11861, Adult Audience) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (f)
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In his autobiography, Elia Kazan said of this film: "It's the only picture I've ever made that I'm ashamed of. Don't see it."See more »
Brice Chamberlain:Why do women insist on loving men for what they want them to be instead of what they are?See more »
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Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) (VG)See more »


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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Sea of soap, 13 May 2004
Author: robertmarburger from SF Bay Area

Hepburn and Tracy are woefully miscast in this ennui-inducing bore that is easily the worst of their films -- well, perhaps tied with Keeper of the Flame. The sexual tension, the battle of the sexes, that was the hallmark of their best efforts -- which were the comedies, not the dramas -- is entirely absent here. Hepburn seems uncomfortable as the naive nineteenth-century marked woman who bears her "shame" stoically and alone. Tracy, whose brilliant underplaying made him one of the masters of his craft, sleepwalks through this thing -- with the exception of the scene where his friend Doc, with his dying words, makes Tracy realize what his rigidity has cost him. The great team and their talented supporting cast are cruelly wasted in this dreary soap/horse opera.

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