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|
|Box office||$2.1 million (US rentals)[when?]|
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) and Adam's Rib (1949)
Pat Pemberton (Hepburn) is a brilliant athlete, except when her domineering fiancé 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 (Aldo Ray), and a growing mutual attraction.
Production and filming
citation needed] 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."
- 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
- (CD online notes). David Raksin at MGM (1950-1957). David Raksin. Vol. 12, No. 2.
- (CD liner notes). David Raksin at MGM (1950-1957). David Raksin. Vol. 12, No. 2.
- Pat and Mike at allmovie
- Pat and Mike at the Internet Movie Database
- Pat and Mike at the TCM Movie Database