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Cass Timberlane (1947)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 January 1948 (USA)
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', Bradd Criley. ... See full summary »

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Sinclair Lewis (novel), Donald Ogden Stewart (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... Cass Timberlane
Lana Turner ... Virginia 'Ginny' Marshland
Zachary Scott ... Bradd Criley
Tom Drake ... Jamie Wargate
Mary Astor ... Queenie Havock
Albert Dekker ... Boone Havock
Margaret Lindsay ... Chris Grau
Rose Hobart ... Diantha Marl
John Litel ... Webb Wargate
Mona Barrie ... Avis Elderman
Josephine Hutchinson ... Lillian Drover
Selena Royle ... Louise Wargate
Frank Wilcox ... 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', Bradd Criley. While quarreling, the Judge tells Virginia to stay with Bradd, but when she becomes sick he brings her home. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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From a great novel of a small-town girl who wanted big time life...and got it! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Unusual in that Spencer Tracy's character addressed his African American housekeeper formally as "Mrs. Higbee." This was 1947, and even white maids were usually called by their first names by their employers. (Notably, 20 years later, in 1967, Isabel Sanford's character in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?", formally introduced to Sidney Poitier's parents as "Ms. Matilda Beeks," was called "Tillie" by Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and the actress who played their daughter. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bradd Criley: Where-ever you are, IS heaven!
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References The Green Pastures (1936) See more »

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too preachy
15 December 2000 | by k_jasmine_99See all my reviews

As much as I love Spencer Tracy, there wasn't much he could do with this boring, predictable, overly preachy script. Not to mention how ironic it is to hear him expound the virtues of fidelity when he had numerous affairs, the most famous being Katharine Hepburn, while still married.

Lana Turner is lovely, but I just couldn't get into the story line. I think it started out as a good idea: Cass Timberlane (Tracy) marries a younger woman (Turner) from the supposed "wrong side of the tracks", much to the chagrin of his snobby friends. Can they make the relationship work or not? If they would have developed the story more, and preached less, I think it may have worked. Instead it is just a two-hour sermon, more or less.

Well, at least there is a cute kitty included in the picture.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinclair Lewis' Cass Timberlane See more »

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Budget:

$2,733,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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