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is based on , one of several autobiographies by actress/playwright Ruth Gordon. Jean Simmons stars as blossoming teenager Ruth Gordon Jones, who is determined to become a famous stage star despite the objections of her stubborn ex-sea captain father Clinton Jones (Spencer Tracy). Papa wants Ruth to become a physical-education instructor, but she wants none of this. With the covert help of her understanding mother (Teresa Wright), Ruth seeks out stage work--any stage work. Ultimately, it is Papa who dips into the Jones family's limited coffers to bankroll his daughter's first big break. represented the movie debut of Anthony Perkins, here cast as Ruth Gordon Jones' gawky boyfriend. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 25, 1953

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Spencer Tracy Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1953 Winner
National Board of Review Jean Simmons Best Actress 1953 Winner

Cast

Spencer Tracy
as Clinton Jones
Jean Simmons
as Ruth Gordon Jones
Teresa Wright
as Annie Jones
Anthony Perkins
as Fred Whitmarsh
Ian Wolfe
as Mr. Bagley
Mary Wickes
as Emma Glavey
Dawn Bender
as Katherine
Jackie Coogan
as Heckler

Crew

George Cukor
Director
Lawrence Weingarten
Producer
Ruth Gordon
Play Author
Ruth Gordon
Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson
Cinematographer
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Bronislau Kaper
Musical Direction/Supervision
George Boemler
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Arthur Lonergan
Art Director
Emile Kuri
Set Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Jack Greenwood
First Assistant Director
William J. Tuttle
Makeup
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