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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 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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Spencer Tracy. Cattle baron . . ruthless, rugged! Katharine Hepburn. Fiery . . . fascinating gal from St. Louis! Robert Walker. Gun-shooting and gambling fool! Melvyn Douglas. He knew women! Soft words, Soft looks! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

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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Featured in Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993) See more »

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A sea of feelings.
16 April 2003 | by homeone777See all my reviews

The "Sea of Grass" was bigger than all of the players of the story and as fragile as the love that the Colonel (Tracey) had for Lutie (Hepburn) and she for him. The Colonel shared with Lutie a vision of the plains has they had been but could not see what could be as he did with his love for her. Lutie, saw the future but could not honor the past. They lost each other as the grass was lost when it wasn't cared for. But as with the plains, the grass could be brought back with care, understanding, and sacrifice. But perhaps most of all with time. Somewhere between the extremes is a middle point but each must leave the extreme to reach the middle. The Colonel and Lutie found the middle point but after many years of standing at the extremes. Each of us can find ourselves in what they had, lost, and regained.


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