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Cass Timberlane (1947)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 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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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinclair Lewis' Cass Timberlane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,733,000 (estimated)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although MGM had its own renowned music department, the soundtrack score for this picture was provided by composer Roy Webb, conductor C. Bakaleinikoff and orchestrator Gil Grau - all on loan from RKO Radio. See more »

Goofs

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: [carrying a tray with three glasses] Three beers. Papa Beer, Mama Beer, and Baby Beer.
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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 moonspinner55See 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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