The Golden Age of Hollywood

POLL: What’s your favorite Katharine Hepburn WWII movie?

on August 8, 2012
1.) WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942)
(Dir. George Stevens; Writ. Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon)
Sam teaches Tess baseball. She catches on fairly quickly.

In Hepburn’s first ever film with Spencer Tracy, she plays high-flying political journalist Tess Harding and he is lowly sports writer Sam Craig on the same newspaper. Although at first the two clash ideologically, they quickly fall in love and marry. The couple struggles to stay together as Tess (Hepburn) continues to rate her job as a higher priority than her marriage. One of the strongest portrayals of a successful business woman on the big screen.

2.) KEEPER OF THE FLAME (1942)
(Dir. George Cukor; Writ. I.A.R. Wylie, Donald Ogden Stewart)

Journalist Steve O’Mally (Tracy) uncovers more than he bargained for when he interviews Mrs. Christine Forrest (Hepburn), widow of a recently deceased national hero.

3.) STAGE DOOR CANTEEN (1943)
(Dir. Frank Borzage; Writ. Delmer Daves)
Hepburn with Eileen (Cheryl Walker)

A cavalcade of various stage and screen stars work at a USO canteen to offer nightly entertainment to soldiers on leave in New York City. Performers include: Tallulah Bankhead, Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy, Ray Bolger, Gracie Fields, Helen Hayes, Johnny Weissmuller, Lynn Fontanne, Gypsy Rose Lee, Harpo Marx, Ethel Merman, Ethel Waters, Count Basie (and band), Benny Goodman (and band), and many many others. Hepburn performs the film’s patriotic monologue toward the end of the film.

4.) DRAGON SEED (1944)
(Dir. arold S. Bucquet; Writ. Pearl S. Buck (novel))

Rebellious Jade Tan (Hepburn) and her family struggle to survive in war-torn China in this epic war film.

5.) WITHOUT LOVE (1945)
(Dir. Harold S. Bucquet; Writ. Philip Barry)

Due to a housing shortage in Washington DC during the war, military scientist Pat Jamieson (Tracy) sets up shop in widow Jamie Rowan’s (Hepburn) basement. The unlikely pair purposefully enter into a loveless marriage in order to support each other’s work and to protect each other from romance. This comedy also stars Keenan Wynn and Lucille Ball.


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8 responses to “POLL: What’s your favorite Katharine Hepburn WWII movie?

  1. Am I the only one who thinks Dragon Seed is the most bizarre movie ever made?

  2. not at all. whoever decided to cast KH as an Asian must have been high.

  3. I went with Keeper of the Flame because it was wonderfully mysterious and exciting, but it was close with Without Love. http://macguffinmovies.wordpress.com/?s=keeper+of+the+flameI haaaattted Dragon Seed. It generally annoys me to see white people playing Asians (I'm looking at you excessively lengthy The Good Earth).

  4. Indeed. I need to see Keeper of the Flame again because I enjoyed it, but I don't often think of it. Without Love cracks me up every time, especially that scene when she falls out of bed!

  5. Can't be worse than Victor Mature in The Shanghai Gesture.

  6. i dunno – that's one i haven't seen. i'm guessing you're not recommending it? 🙂

  7. says:

    I must say Woman of the Year because it's my favorite film of her long career. And also because it's the first Kate-Spencer pairing, and their chemistry is amazing, and the movie is very funny (every time I remember the Greek boy I laugh).Kisses!

  8. Good choice! That film more than any of the others really crackles with Hepburn/Tracy romance.

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