Cass Timberlane

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Cass Timberlane
Cass Timberlane poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by George Sidney
Produced by Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
Written by Sinclair Lewis (Novel)
Donald Ogden Stewart (Adaptation)
Sonya Levien (Adaptation)
Starring Spencer Tracy
Lana Turner
Zachary Scott
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Robert Planck
Edited by John Dunning
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s)
  • November 1947 (1947-11)
Running time 119 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,733,000[1]
Box office $5,186,000[1]

Cass Timberlane is a novel written by Sinclair Lewis, published in 1945. It is Lewis' nineteenth novel and one of his last.

It was made into a romantic drama film starring Spencer Tracy and Lana Turner, directed by George Sidney, and released in 1947.

Timberlane is a minor character in Lewis's 1947 novel Kingsblood Royal.


Former Congressman and now Judge Cass Timberlane is a middle-aged, incorruptible, highly respected man who enjoys good books and playing the flute. He falls for Jinny, a much younger girl from a lower class in his small Minnesota town. At first, the marriage is happy, but Jinny becomes bored with the small town and with the judge's friends. She leaves him for an affair with a lawyer, Timberlane's boyhood friend. Eventually abandoned by her lover, Jinny returns to her husband and becomes the good wife. This is Lewis' examination of marriage, love, romance, heartache and trust.



The film was a hit, earning $3,983,000 in the US and Canada and $1,203,000 elsewhere, but because of its high cost only returned a profit of $746,000.[1]

Cultural references[edit]

Wolcott Gibbs spoofed the novel in The New Yorker as "Shad Ampersand."


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

Further reading[edit]

  • Monder, Eric (1994). George Sidney:a Bio-Bibliography. Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313284571. 

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