Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is.
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
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 »
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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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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