Spencer Tracy: Articles

31 Days of Oscar: 'Ben-Hur' Proves Bigger Not Necessarily Better

'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' in, Paramount stars out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion […]

'Godzilla' 1954, Mickey Rooney and Giant Ants: Eclectic Library of Congress Movies

Godzilla 1954, Mickey Rooney, Giant Ants, Fascists, and rarely seen 'Musty Stuffer': Eclectic Packard Theater movies in May 2014 (image: 'Godzilla') Godzilla 1954, Mickey Rooney, military fascists, deadly giant ants, racing car drivers, and The Mishaps of Musty Suffer, a super-rare slapstick comedy series from the 1910s, are a few […]

Mickey Rooney Dead: Longest Movie Career Ever?

Mickey Rooney ca. 1940 Mickey Rooney dead at 93: Four-time Oscar nominee & frequent Judy Garland co-star may have had the longest film career ever Mickey Rooney, four-time Academy Award nominee and one of the biggest domestic box office draws during the studio era, died of “natural causes” on Sunday, […]

'Fade Out Fade In': Racial Tensions & Hollywood Mansions + Right-Wing Pro-War Propaganda

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Set in the transitional 1960s, “Fade Out, Fade In” is the next episode of the TCM miniseries Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood. Directed by Stanley Kramer, whose career took off in the post-World War II years, […]

Spencer Tracy Movies: 'San Francisco' Earthquake & Early Humphrey Bogart

Spencer Tracy, Jeanette MacDonald, San Francisco Spencer Tracy is the star of the evening on Turner Classic Movies. My two major recommendations are W. S. Van Dyke's San Francisco (1936), corny to the bone but enjoyable all the same, and Up the River (1930), one of Tracy's earliest efforts, directed […]

Fredric March Films: 'Inherit the Wind' & 'Seven Days in May'

Spencer Tracy as a fictionalized Clarence Darrow, Fredric March as a fictionalized William Jennings Bryan in Stanley Kramer's Inherit the Wind Turner Classic Movies' Fredric March tribute ends tonight with the presentation of six movies: Inherit the Wind (1960), There Goes My Heart (1938), Seven Days in May (1964), The […]

Katharine Hepburn Movies: Hollywood Icon Career Landmarks

Katharine Hepburn movies: 'The Philadelphia Story' & 'Woman of the Year' were Hollywood career turning points. Katharine Hepburn in 'The Philadelphia Story,' 'Woman of the Year': Movie career landmarks on TCM Four-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn is having her own private “Summer Under the Stars” day on […]

Raquel Welch on TCM

Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday, Katharine Hepburn in George Cukor's Adam's Rib Raquel Welch is the guest programmer tonight on Turner Classic Movies. Welch and Robert Osborne will be introducing and discussing four Hollywood classics: Adam's Rib (1949), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), and To Have […]

Spencer Tracy Movies: The Greatest Actor?

Sunday, August 31, highlights on Turner Classic Movies: Stanley Kramer in “Film-Making with Spencer Tracy” (essay found in The Films of Spencer Tracy): “I can't explain why I was never able to say to him what I wanted to say: that he was a great actor. Everyone else said it […]

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,' 'Bonnie and Clyde': 1967 Classics Academy Screenings

Press Release: The 1967 Best Picture nominees Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Bonnie and Clyde will be screened as the next features in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated" series. Both films received 10 Academy Award® nominations and took home Oscars® in two […]

'Judgment at Nuremberg': All-Star Nazi Trials

Some critics have dismissed Judgment at Nuremberg as sentimental Hollywood claptrap, but Mr. Contrarian here finds it the best 1961 American film I've seen. (See Best Films - 1961.) Director Stanley Kramer manages to sustain interest in the lengthy proceedings - the film runs 186 minutes - and, even if […]