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The Sea of Grass (1947)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 25 April 1947 (USA)
On America's frontier, a St. Louis woman marries a New Mexico cattleman who is seen as a tyrant by the locals.

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Elia Kazan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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
James Bell ... Sam Hall
Robert Barrat ... Judge Seth White
Charles Trowbridge ... George Cameron
Russell Hicks ... Maj. Dell Harney
Trevor Bardette ... Andy Boggs
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Storyline

This western begins with St. Louis resident Lutie Cameron (Katharine Hepburn) marrying New Mexico cattleman Col. James B. 'Jim' Brewton (Spencer Tracy) after a short courtship. When she arrives in "Salt Fork, NM" she finds that her new husband is considered by the locals to be a tyrant who uses force to keep homesteaders off the government owned land he uses for grazing his cattle--the so-called Sea of Grass. Lutie, has difficulty reconciling her husband's beliefs and passions with her own. Written by kzmckeown

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It takes only one indiscretion to fill a woman's life with adventure, danger and heartache! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mar de hierba See more »

Filming Locations:

Wood Lake, Nebraska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,349,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,150,000, 31 December 1947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,689,000, 31 December 1947
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Elia Kazan was initially excited by the prospect of filming on location in the Great Plains, but to save money the producers decided that most of the film would be shot in the studio using rear-screen projections and MGM's vast stock of process footage. See more »

Quotes

Brice Chamberlain: Why do women insist on loving men for what they want them to be instead of what they are?
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Crazy Credits

Card at beginning: This story takes place for the most part against the background of the sea of grass - that vast grazing empire which once covered the western part of north America from the great plains to the rocky mountains, and beyond. See more »

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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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24 May 2000 | by g.vecinoSee all my reviews

One thing that surprised me in this movie "The Sea of Grass", as well as in most movies by Tracy-Hepburn, is the lack of sexuality between them in the love scenes. When they are about to marry [in the movie] there is no kissing, only hugs. On the contrary twenty minutes later in the movie, Hepburn meets again Melvyn Douglas, who is hopelessly in love with her, and then they have a passionate kiss. Considering the long relationship of the two stars for over thirty years, its funny that the producers or the studio, or who else? not considered proper a passionate kiss between Tracy and Hepburn.

On the other hand, I enjoyed seeing the movie once again after many years. The Elia Kazan direction is superb and and the secondary roles of actors like Edgar Buchannan and Harry Carey give luster to the movie, but the character of Tracy is simply hateful.


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