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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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Budget:

$2,733,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Eight cats were rescued from the Los Angeles ASPCA shelter by trainer Walter Huber for this film. Six were used to portray Cleo - one as a kitten, one about four months old, and one about a year old - each with their own back-up double. The other two were used for individual scenes such as the cat wandering into the courtroom at the beginning of the film. In addition to Huber's salary as trainer, the cats were collectively paid $100 per day while the film was in production. It took Huber several visits to the shelter to get matching pairs of "alley cat" tabbies, and all were male. The two kittens were brothers. See more »

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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 »

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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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May-December romance between Turner and Tracy
7 June 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The combination of Lana Turner and Spencer Tracy is an interesting one in "Cass Timberlane," a 1947 film based on a novel by Sinclair Lewis. I have a sneaking suspicion the emphasis in the book was a bit different, but maybe I'm wrong.

This story concerns a judge (Tracy) who falls for the beautiful witness (Turner) in an accident case and ends up marrying her. She's from the wrong part of town. The two are in love, but she doesn't like the town they're living in and wants something more exciting. The judge seems wedded to his good old boys network; what he doesn't know is that his friendship is being used to help his friends cover up illegalities in wartime contracts their company received.

The story is fairly predictable. One of the reviewers here didn't understand the attraction Tracy had for Turner. Well, she says right up front that he reminds her of her father. I think he represented security and real love to her. Turner and Tracy are likable, and the acting is uniformly good. Zachary Scott is on hand as a crooked lawyer who falls for Turner. Albert Dekker and Mary Astor have supporting roles.

This might have been a stronger film with the emphasis elsewhere, possibly on the subplot of the Wargate company. As it is, it's a little too formula.


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