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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

Writers:

Marguerite Roberts (screenplay by), Vincent Lawrence (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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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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Drama | Western

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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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Budget:

$2,349,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography, Elia Kazan said of this film: "It's the only picture I've ever made that I'm ashamed of. Don't see it." See more »

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When Col. Brewton returns home from his trip after the blizzard died down, he is wearing a winter coat which is fully buttoned up right before he enters the house. But when he enters the house and greeted by Lutie the top coat button is now unbuttoned. 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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It's the script, silly!
27 July 2009 | by amb0120See all my reviews

Why do I get the feeling some folks know little about Spencer Tracy? For example, Kazan's alleged quote of "Tracy did not like horses and horses did not like Tracy either" (per Ciment's book). Excuse me, but how could a man who loved to play polo, which Tracy did and did a lot in his younger days and against studio wishes, not like horses? I've played polo and if you don't like horses (and they don't like you) you won't be playing the game more than once or twice. Maybe the quote was made for the more obvious reason: to justify Kazan turning out a movie that was below his abilities? If true that one of Kazan's excuses for the painful experience of directing the movie was not filming on location, I can't totally disagree, but then again a good many great films were not filmed on location, so this excuse only holds so much water. And how can one think that the movie is a "cattlemen vs. homesteaders" film? That's the setting, and it is the trigger of the conflict between the main characters, which leads to the betrayal, which is the center piece of the story, but that certainly isn't the movie. I grant you, it's not one of Tracy's best, but he does the best he can with the lame Marguerite Roberts' script. Even if this movie had been shot on location, it doesn't change the glaring fact that a bad script is still a bad script. If you believe Tracy was sleepwalking, then you have to also believe Kazan was on life support and Roberts was dead, from the neck up, while scripting this one. If Tracy's at fault for anything, it's for trying to save the film, which is more than it deserved.


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