Pat and Mike
|Pat and Mike|
|Directed by||George Cukor|
|Produced by||Lawrence Weingarten|
|Screenplay by||Ruth Gordon
|Music by||David Raksin|
|Cinematography||William H. Daniels (as William Daniels)|
|Editing by||George Boemler|
|Release dates||June 13, 1952|
|Running time||95 minutes|
Pat and Mike is a 1952 American romantic comedy film starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. The movie was directed by George Cukor, who also directed The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Hepburn, and Adam's Rib (1949) with Hepburn and Tracy.
Pat Pemberton (Hepburn) is a brilliant athlete, except when her domineering fiancé (Ching) is around. The ladies 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 cannot give up on herself that easily. She enlists the help of Mike Conovan (Tracy), a slightly shady sports promoter. Together they face mobsters, a jealous boxer (Ray), and a growing mutual attraction.
Production and filming
Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon were close friends of Hepburn and Tracy, and had the idea of writing a film to showcase Hepburn's athletic abilities. She was an avid golfer and tennis player, and indeed performed all the sports footage in the film herself.
Pat and Mike was filmed on location around Los Angeles with many golfing scenes taking place at the Riviera Country Club. Additional scenes were filmed at Occidental College. Many notable athletes played cameo roles or play themselves in the film, including golfers Babe Zaharias, Betty Hicks, and Helen Dettweiler, and tennis champions Don Budge, Gussie Moran and Alice Marble. Other notables in the cast include Charles Bronson (credited as Charles Buchinsky), Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Jim Backus, and, in his film debut, Chuck Connors of The Rifleman television series.
The score for the film was composed and conducted by David Raksin, with orchestrations by Robert Franklyn and Ruby Raksin. Of his music, Raksin said "My music was sly and a mite jazzy, and despite the fact that everyone seemed to like it, so did I."
The complete score was issued on CD in 2009, on Film Score Monthly records.
According to MGM records the film earned $2,050,000 in the US and Canada and $646,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $74,000.
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- Pat and Mike at AllMovie
- Pat and Mike at the Internet Movie Database
- Pat and Mike at the TCM Movie Database