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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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Selina Hall - Sam Hall's Wife
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Banty - Brewton Ranch Hand (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
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Floyd McCurtin
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George Cameron
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Maj. Dell Harney
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Andy Boggs
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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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Drama | Western

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25 April 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Endlos ist die Prärie  »

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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally announced by MGM in 1939 to star Myrna Loy opposite Spencer Tracy. 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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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 L.A. Noire (2011) See more »

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What a waste of talent!
25 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

It is unfortunate that Spencer Tracey was cast in the pivotal role of the Colonel, as he sleepwalks thru the entire picture! The emotional fireworks come from the relationship between Katharine Hepburn and Melvyn Douglas, as the illicit lovers. As for Robert Walker in the role of the illegitimate son(and that was quite a stretch in the 1940's), he walks away with the picture! What a pity that Spencer Tracy was cast-it would have been a much better picture without him! It is also a great pity that such a noted director as Elia Kazan was not allowed to film on location, which would have added so much to the ambiance of this picture. As it is, Kazan is able to interject great tension is some of the scenes, most notably in Robert Walker's death scene. A pity Mr. Tracy was not up to the challenge.


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