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Usually associated with erudite, urbane comedies, the legendary screen team of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy goes intensely dramatic in the expensive western Sea of Grass. Tracy plays cattle baron Colonel James Brewton, who staunchly opposes opening the western frontier to homesteaders. Standing steadfastly beside Brewton-at least at the beginning--is his headstrong wife Lutie (Hepburn). Eventually disillusioned by the stern implacability of her husband, Lutie leaves Brewton and goes off to Denver, where she falls in love with liberal attorney Brice Chamberlain (Melvyn Douglas), the champion of the homesteaders' cause. Upon giving birth to Chamberlain's son, Lutie confesses her indiscretion to Brewton, who takes the news with commendable restraint, even offering to accept the baby as his own. Unfortunately, the Brewtons' standing in the community is weakened by the revelation of Lutie's infidelity, causing her to leave her husband for a second time. Years later, Lutie's grown-up boy Brock (Robert Walker) drifts to the wrong side of the law, leading to his death at the hands of a posse. Though it hardly seems possible under the circumstances, Brewton and Lutie are at long last reconciled through the intervention of their daughter Sara Beth (Phyllis Thaxter). Elaborately produced in the traditional MGM manner and adroitly directed by Elia Kazan, Sea of Grass is still one of the lesser Tracy-Hepburns. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Spencer Tracy
as Col. Jim Brewton
Katharine Hepburn
as Lutie Cameron
Robert Walker
as Brock Brewton
Melvyn Douglas
as Brice Chamberlain
Phyllis Thaxter
as Sara Beth Brewton
Edgar Buchanan
as Jeff
Harry Carey
as Doc Reid
Ruth Nelson
as Selena Hall
William "Bill" Phillips
as Banty
Robert Armstrong
as Floyd McCurtin
Charles Trowbridge
as George Trowbridge
Russell Hicks
as Maj. Harney
Trevor Bardette
as Andy Boggs
Morris Ankrum
as Crane
Eddie Acuff
Henry Adams
Erville Alderson
as Station Agent
Myrtle Anderson
Stanley Andrews
as Sheriff
Frank Austin
as Station Agent
Margaret Bert
Robert Bice
Marietta Canty
as Rachael
Wheaton Chambers
as Dean
Davison Clark
Joseph Crehan
as Sen. Graw
Sidney D'Albrook
Frank Darien
as Minister
Vernon Dent
as Conductor
Douglas Fowley
as Joe Horton
Fred Graham
Jesse Graves
as Luke
Frank S. Hagney
as Man
John Hamilton
as Forrest Cochran
Jim Hawkins
as Brock, Age 5 1/2
Earl Hodgins
Nolan Leary
Ralph Littlefield
as Homesteader
Leota Lorraine
as Bits
George Magrill
Robert Malcolm
Mickey Martin
as Newsboy
Charles McAvoy
Charles B. Middleton
as Charley
Howard Mitchell
as Conductor
Carol Nugent
as Sarah Beth, Age 7
Frank Pharr
George H. Reed
as Uncle Nat
Duncan Richardson
as Brock, Age 3
Buddy Roosevelt
Gene Roth
Dick Rush
as Cattleman
Wyndham Standing
Jack Stoney
Glenn Strange
as Bill Roach
Henry Sylvester
Forrest Taylor
Ray Teal
Laura Treadwell
Dorothy Vaughan
as Mrs. Hodges
John Vosper
as Hotel Clerk
Eddy Waller
Dan White
as Ike Randall
Guy Wilkerson
as Wake
Joe Brockman
James Bell
as Sam Hall
Nora Cecil
as Nurse
Hank Worden
as Cowhand
Wheaton Chambers
as Dean
Stanley Andrews
as Sheriff
John Vosper
as Hotel Clerk
Duncan Richardson
as Brock, Age 3
Nora Cecil
as Nurse
Carol Nugent
as Sarah Beth, Age 7
Guy Wilkerson
as Wake
James Bell
as Sam Hall
Marietta Canty
as Rachael
Douglas Fowley
as Joe Horton
Dan White
as Ike Randall
Dick Rush
as Cattleman
Jim Hawkins
as Brock, Age 5 1/2
Howard Mitchell
as Conductor
Charles B. Middleton
as Charley
Frank Austin
as Station Agent
Frank Darien
as Minister
Glenn Strange
as Bill Roach
George H. Reed
as Uncle Nat
Jesse Graves
as Luke
Joseph Crehan
as Sen. Graw
Ralph Littlefield
as Homesteader
Frank S. Hagney
as Man
Vernon Dent
as Conductor
Dorothy Vaughan
as Mrs. Hodges
Leota Lorraine
as Bits
John Hamilton
as Forrest Cochran
Mickey Martin
as Newsboy
Erville Alderson
as Station Agent

Crew

Elia Kazan
Director
Pandro S. Berman
Producer
Marguerite Roberts
Screenwriter
Conrad Richter
Book Author
Vincent Lawrence
Screenwriter
Harry Stradling
Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Groesse
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Mildred Griffiths
Set Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
Jack Dawn
Makeup
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