Pat And Mike
Spencer Tracy ■ Katharine Hepburn
Pat's a brilliant athlete, except when her domineering fiance is around. The lady's golf championship is in her reach until she gets flustered by his presence at the final holes. He wants them to get married and forget the whole thing, but she can't give up on herself that easily. She enlists the help of Mike, a slightly shady sports promoter. Together they face mobsters, a jealous boxer, and a growing mutual attraction.
I think Pat And Mike probably has to be one of my favorite Katharine Hepburn / Spencer Tracy pairings. My favorite is definitely going to have to be Desk Set. It features them at their romantic comedic best - and also gives Katharine Hepburn a chance to display her true athleticism. I've never been a fan of movies about sports, OK there are a few exceptions like The Mighty Ducks and Facing The Giants, but Pat And Mike is probably my favorite, and the one that I watch at least once a year. I just love this movie! It's also one that the entire family will watch, even though none of them are sports fans either. That's actually one of the neat things about this film, a number real sports stars from that era make cameo appearances, mostly in the tennis and golf scenes. I love that little touch of realism, and now 65 years later, that addition of who was who in the world of women's sports back then.
This movie is fun in every way and you can really see that Hepburn / Tracy chemistry on the screen. It's one of those films that you can just sit back on the couch, relax, not think too hard, and simply enjoy. So grab that popcorn and settle in to watch one of Hollywood's favorite couples from the Golden Era of Films fall in love in this great black/white comedy.
Spencer Tracy ... Mike Conovan
Katharine Hepburn ... Pat Pemberton
Aldo Ray ... Davie Hucko
William Ching ... Collier Weld
Sammy White ... Barney Grau
George Mathews ... Sylvester 'Spec' Cauley
Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California (Golf scenes)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City, Calif.
Occidental College, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, Calif. (Exteriors at the start)
Pat Pemberton: I'll show her.
Charles Barry: Who?
Pat Pemberton: Myself, that's who.
Mike Conovan: I don't think you've ever been properly handled.
Pat Pemberton: That's right... not even by myself.
Mike Conovan: Like I told you - don't feel like running, slow down. You're supposed to feel like it. That shows you're in condition. People do like they feel, they go on sometimes practically forever, some of them.
Pat Pemberton: Guess you'll go on practically forever, you stay on that bike.
Pat Pemberton: What would happen if I ever dropped you?
Mike Conovan: I'd go right down the drain.
Pat Pemberton: And?
Mike Conovan: I'd take you right down with me shorty
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