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Cass Timberlane (1947)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | January 1948 (USA)
Judge Cass Timberlane marries a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Virginia Marshland. A baby is stillborn and she turns more and more to attorney friend of of Cass', Bradd Criley. ... See full summary »

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Sinclair Lewis (novel), Donald Ogden Stewart (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... Cass Timberlane
Lana Turner ... Virginia 'Ginny' Marshland
Zachary Scott ... Bradd Criley
Tom Drake ... Jamie Wargate
Mary Astor ... Queenie Havock
Albert Dekker ... Boone Havock
Margaret Lindsay ... Chris Grau
Rose Hobart ... Diantha Marl
John Litel ... Webb Wargate
Mona Barrie ... Avis Elderman
Josephine Hutchinson ... Lillian Drover
Selena Royle ... Louise Wargate
Frank Wilcox ... Gregg Marl
Richard Gaines ... Dennis Thane
John Alexander ... Dr. Roy Drover
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Storyline

Judge Cass Timberlane marries a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Virginia Marshland. A baby is stillborn and she turns more and more to attorney friend of of Cass', Bradd Criley. While quarreling, the Judge tells Virginia to stay with Bradd, but when she becomes sick he brings her home. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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From a great novel of a small-town girl who wanted big time life...and got it! See more »

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinclair Lewis' Cass Timberlane See more »

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Budget:

$2,733,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tracy was not initially pleased with the studio's choice of director, hoping to have George Cukor or Vincente Minnelli assigned the position. See more »

Goofs

It is never revealed to Cass or Ginny that Bradd did not choose to move to NYC but was forced there by his clients, the Wargates. See more »

Quotes

Bradd Criley: Where-ever you are, IS heaven!
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Connections

Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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Love isn't always easy
23 January 2005 | by FilmOtakuSee all my reviews

"Cass Timberlane" is a film about unexpected love and the choices you have to make when you're in love. Directed by George Sidney and starring Spencer Tracy as Cass, a judge in small-town Minnesota who is part of the middle-aged country club set. He's generally living a comfortable and content existence when he meets Virginia (Lana Turner), a woman who is at first a witness for a small claims case and later runs into. They strike up a friendship and then a romance, culminating in their marriage. When their child dies while being born, Virginia finds herself more and more restless and spending more time with Cass' best friend, the younger and handsome attorney Bradd (Zachary Scott). The country club set sees them getting closer, and collectively send Bradd to New York under the guise that he is being transferred for his job, just as Cass is starting to wonder if something is up between Bradd and Virginia. Virginia convinces him that there is nothing going on, and eventually Cass offers to move them to New York so she isn't so bored. Cass is then forced to choose between the love he has for his town and his job, and his love for his wife and her needs.

Spencer Tracy is excellent in this film, as he is in all of his films, and Lana Turner is also quite good. The scenes between she and Zachary Scott have enough heat in them to make us wonder if they are guilty of adultery as well. The story is a pretty straightforward drama, nothing special, but it is a good script and offers up enough conflict to satisfy without resorting to overload and ridiculous emotion. This is an average film that was well worth looking up. 6/10 --Shelly


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