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)|
|Edited by||George Boemler|
Pat and Mike is a 1952 American romantic comedy film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The movie was written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, and directed by George Cukor, who also directed The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Hepburn, and Adam's Rib (1949) with Hepburn and Tracy.
Pat Pemberton (Katharine Hepburn) is a brilliant athlete who loses her confidence whenever her charming but undermining fiancé Collier (William Ching) is around. Ladies golf and tennis championships are within her reach, however she gets flustered by his presence at the contests. He wants her to give up her goal and marry him, but Pat does not give up on herself that easily. She enlists the help of Mike Conovan (Spencer Tracy), a slightly shady sports promoter. Together they face mobsters, a jealous boxer (Aldo Ray), and a growing mutual attraction.
- Spencer Tracy as Mike Conovan
- Katharine Hepburn as Patricia 'Pat' Pemberton
- Aldo Ray as Davie Hucko
- William Ching as Collier Weld
- Sammy White as Barney Grau
- George Mathews as Sylvester 'Spec' Cauley
- Loring Smith as Mr. E.H. Beminger
- Phyllis Povah as Mrs. E.H. Beminger
- Charles Bronson as Henry Tasling (billed as "Charles Buchinsky")
- Frank Richards as Sam Garsell
- Jim Backus as Charles Barry
- Chuck Conners as the police captain
- Joseph E. Bernard as Gibby
- Owen McGiveney as Harry MacWade
- Lou Lubin as Waiter
- Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as Busboy
- William Self as Pat's caddy
Production and filming
Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon were friends with 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 appear in cameo roles or play themselves in the film, including golfers Babe Didrikson 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) in his first credited movie role, 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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