Pat and Mike (1952)

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Pat is a women's sports sensation unless her fiancé is around. Her new shady manager Mike keeps them apart and develops feelings for her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Ching ...
Sammy White ...
George Mathews ...
Gussie Moran ...
Gussie Moran
Babe Didrikson Zaharias ...
Babe Zaharias
Don Budge ...
Don Budge
Alice Marble ...
Alice Marble
Frank Andrew Parker ...
Frank Parker (as Frank Parker)
Betty Hicks ...
Betty Hicks
Beverly Hanson ...
Beverly Hanson
Helen Dettweiler ...
Helen Dettweiler
Loring Smith ...


Pat's a brilliant athlete, except when her domineering fiance is around. The lady's golf championship is in her reach until she gets flustered by his presence at the final holes. He wants them to get married and forget the whole thing, but she can't give up on herself that easily. She enlists the help of Mike, a slightly shady sports promoter. Together they face mobsters, a jealous boxer, and a growing mutual attraction. Written by BA Jacobson <>

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Positively the funniest comedy of the year. (Newspaper ad) See more »


Comedy | Romance | Sport


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Release Date:

13 June 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Absoluta  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Katharine Hepburn was already an avid golfer. See more »


Hepburn's character throws 3 pieces of luggage off a slowly moving train over a period of about 30 seconds. But when she steps off of the train they are all together in a pile. See more »


Pat Pemberton: [bouncing tennis balls with her racket] Would you like to see me serve a few, Mr. Conovan?
Mike Conovan: Oh, no, no, just hit a couple.
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Great Tracy/Hepburn Film

Although perhaps not the best of the Tracy/Hepburn series this classic has a few laughs and is definitely entertaining for the whole family!! Hepburn plays Pat Pemberton, an engaged college P.E teacher with a fantastic sporting ability (this movie just just an excuse to show off her sporting abilities in many sports such as tennis, golf, running etc) but her fiancé is unsupportive, overbearing and makes her feel self conscious. Tracy, wonderful as always, plays Mike Conovan, a sports manager and sees a lot of potential in her. At the last minute, she decides to take him up on his offer and he makes her his most important client.

I am not a sports fan, so I found the rather long sports scenes a little boring, but the scenes between Tracy and Hepburn were pure cinematic gold! The chemistry, as always, is perfect between them and naturally, their business relationship oversteps the boundaries of a manager/client relationship (much to the joy of the viewer!). There is wonderful freeing feminist message. Pat, under the influence of her fiancé, could have easily stayed a housewife and forgot about her dreams - what SHE wanted, but instead she put herself first and did what was right for her.

A thoroughly entertaining film with a perfect balance of comedy and subtle romance. I loved how the relationship grew so gradually. Wonderful movie magic. Priceless.

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