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« on: August 30, 2008, 06:30:22 PM »


From the IMDB trivia page:

He is often mentioned alongside Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando as the greatest movie actor of all time. Unlike the other two, however, Tracy was not already successful and well-known as a stage actor before getting into films.

It's a great argument and debate, that's for sure. Spencer Tracy was a natural. His performances are are unforgettable and timeless. If there's anybody here who wants to start watching films of an actor straight out of Hollywood's Golden-Age, start with Spencer Tracy.

Here's some notable films:

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Father of the Bride (1950) - The original and best.
Boys Town (1938)
Captains Courageous (1937)
San Francisco (1936)
Fury (1936) - Director Fritz Lang's masterpiece.
Boys Town (1938)
Captains Courageous (1937)

Any fans here?


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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2008, 08:43:01 PM »

He was pretty good in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. I don't think I've seen anything else of his.

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2008, 05:20:47 PM »


Western fans here need to see him in Bad Day at Black Rock where he was great as usual.

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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2008, 05:56:31 PM »

He was  best in comedies: Libeled Lady and Woman of the Year, for example. He had basically one routine he could do: the angry or annoyed guy; in later years that made him a curmudgeon. Not really an actor of much range. Also, as he began taking his notices seriously, he shamelessly chewed scenery. He could really hog a scene, and I pity to poor actors who had to play off him. In his later performances, he is insufferable.

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2008, 11:29:50 PM »

He was  best in comedies: Libeled Lady and Woman of the Year, for example. He had basically one routine he could do: the angry or annoyed guy; in later years that made him a curmudgeon. Not really an actor of much range. Also, as he began taking his notices seriously, he shamelessly chewed scenery. He could really hog a scene, and I pity to poor actors who had to play off him. In his later performances, he is insufferable.

I guess it's safe to say that you're not a fan DJ?

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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2008, 06:59:28 AM »

I like him in comedies but not in dramatic roles.

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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2008, 07:24:01 AM »

The role of the Old Man in ''The Old Man and the Sea'' was like written for him. Good actor.

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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2016, 05:52:31 PM »

Savant has interesting things to say about Fury, including his discovery of an alternate ending. http://trailersfromhell.com/fury-1936/#.V_BHHaYVBjp

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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2017, 06:13:59 PM »

I enjoyed him in films like Woman of the Year and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, but I especially loved him in the 1935 film The Murder Man.

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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2017, 04:54:31 PM »

He's good in The People Against O'Hara (very Not A Comedy). After long reflection, I've discovered something about the picture that no one, probably not even the filmmakers, suspected. It's this: the character Tracy plays drinks because he wants to bang his daughter. He is going to have to give her to Richard Anderson, and the thought kills him. So, subconsciously, he's found a way to project dependence so that his daughter delays leaving him. But he knows it's only a matter of time. So he drinks. And he sinks even lower than Paul Newman did in The Verdict. He pulls it out in the end, but only at the point of dying.

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