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The Actress (1953)

Former seaman Clinton Jones now works at a lowly job. His daughter Ruth wants to become an actress. Clinton gets fired and Ruth rejects the advances of Fred Whitmarsh. Her father gives her ... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Ruth Gordon (screen play), Ruth Gordon (from: her stage play "Years Ago")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Clinton Jones
Jean Simmons ... Ruth Gordon Jones
Teresa Wright ... Annie Jones
Anthony Perkins ... Fred Whitmarsh
Ian Wolfe ... Mr. Bagley
Kay Williams ... Hazel Dawn
Mary Wickes ... Emma Glavey
Norma Jean Nilsson Norma Jean Nilsson ... Anna
Dawn Bender Dawn Bender ... Katherine
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Storyline

Former seaman Clinton Jones now works at a lowly job. His daughter Ruth wants to become an actress. Clinton gets fired and Ruth rejects the advances of Fred Whitmarsh. Her father gives her his seaman's spyglass to sell as she heads for New York City. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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There's hope and heart-ache in the adventures of a stage-struck daughter!


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fame and Fortune See more »

Filming Locations:

Inglewood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,424,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The working titles of this film were Years Ago, Fame and Fortune and Father and the Actress. See more »

Goofs

In a scene late in the film set in the kitchen, the light fixture over the kitchen table is seen (and heard!) to rise up to allow the camera to pass below it. See more »

Quotes

Clinton Jones: You got a kick in the pants, but that ain't fatal.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over the cover of a photo album, and the film begins by showing us various photos from inside the album. See more »

Connections

Version of The Ford Theatre Hour: Years Ago (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Music played during the exercise exhibition
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Worth watching 'lost & found'
15 June 2012 | by fagerard222See all my reviews

No masterpiece as a feature film, and especially not Cukor's greatest achievement, but a truly enjoyable surprise, since i had never even heard about this title before watching it – by chance – tonight on TCM. What a pleasure for film buffs, though, to have this inner and witty view regarding the"bygone years" of the mythical old lady from "Harold & Maud" and "Rosemary's Ba- by" ! Perhaps Jean 'Ophelia' Simmons was not the very best choice to embody young Ruth Gordon Jones – who knows, after all ? –, but Spencer Tracy is just unforgettable as her grumpy, mostly childish father. Theresa Wright is perfect as usual, as the mother. And Anthony Perkins, here in his actual first appearance on screen, gives us an unpredictable insight of his many talents a couple of years before becoming a prisoner of that Hitchcocks's casting for infamous Norman Bates in "Psycho" that happened to ruin for ever the actor's career, in some way.


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