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Pat and Mike (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 13 June 1952 (USA)
Pat is a women's sports sensation unless her fiancé is around. Her new shady manager Mike keeps them apart and develops feelings for her.

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George Cukor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... Mike Conovan
Katharine Hepburn ... Pat Pemberton
Aldo Ray ... Davie Hucko
William Ching ... Collier Weld
Sammy White Sammy White ... Barney Grau
George Mathews ... Spec Cauley
Gussie Moran Gussie Moran ... Gussie Moran
Babe Didrikson Zaharias ... Babe Zaharias
Don Budge Don Budge ... Don Budge
Alice Marble Alice Marble ... Alice Marble
Frank Andrew Parker Frank Andrew Parker ... Frank Parker (as Frank Parker)
Betty Hicks Betty Hicks ... Betty Hicks
Beverly Hanson Beverly Hanson ... Beverly Hanson
Helen Dettweiler Helen Dettweiler ... Helen Dettweiler
Loring Smith Loring Smith ... Mr. Beminger
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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. Written by BA Jacobson <blt@smartec.com>

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Together again - and it's no fib, their funniest hit since "Adam's Rib" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Absoluta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Bronson is credited using his birth name. However, his last name is misspelled as Buchinski rather than Buchinsky. This is only his second credited film role, released a few months after his first in My Six Convicts (1952). See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Beminger's lips don't move when we hear her say: "Why, a phonograph!" See more »

Quotes

Mike Conovan: Not much meat on her, but what's there is 'cherce'.
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Unexpectedly Entertaining
9 May 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

According to film lore, writers Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin were inspired to write PAT AND MIKE when they realized that Katherine Hepburn was a near-professional-level golfer and tennis player. The result is a sprightly tale of a college physical education teacher named Pat (Hepburn) who turns pro with the help of a slightly shady promoter manager named Mike (Tracy.)

As always, Tracy and Hepburn make for an engaging pair, and the supporting cast is crammed with memorable faces, including Jim Backus, Chuck Conners, a very young Charles Bronson, and even Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer--and every one plays with the same charming touch. The sports scenes also gives sports fans a glimpse at such legendary athletes as Babe Didrikson Zaharias. But the real interest here is the script itself: in an era noted for sexism, PAT AND MIKE is flatly feminist, and the story finds Hepburn first rebelling against fiancé William Ching's "little woman" mentality and then straightening out Spenser Tracy on the same point--and in one of the film's most memorable scenes, Hepburn effectively shoves Tracy aside to beat up two men who threaten him!

Given the nature of its story, PAT AND MIKE spends quite a lot of time on the golf course and the tennis courts, and those who have little interest in sports may not find it to their taste; that said, in spite of its many charms, the film isn't really in the same league with Tracy and Hepburn's ADAM'S RIB. Still, fans of the screen team will enjoy it quite a bit, and even purely casual viewers will have a good time.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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