The Actress

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The Actress
TheActress.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Cukor
Produced byLawrence Weingarten
Written byRuth Gordon
StarringSpencer Tracy
Jean Simmons
Teresa Wright
Anthony Perkins
Music byBronisław Kaper
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Editing byGeorge Boemler
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • September 25, 1953 (1953-09-25)
Running time90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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The Actress
TheActress.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Cukor
Produced byLawrence Weingarten
Written byRuth Gordon
StarringSpencer Tracy
Jean Simmons
Teresa Wright
Anthony Perkins
Music byBronisław Kaper
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Editing byGeorge Boemler
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • September 25, 1953 (1953-09-25)
Running time90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Actress is an 1953 American comedy-drama film based on Ruth Gordon's autobiographical play Years Ago. Gordon herself wrote the screenplay. The film was directed by George Cukor and stars Jean Simmons, Spencer Tracy, Teresa Wright, and Anthony Perkins in his film debut.

The film basically is a series of vignettes involving Ruth, her parents, her best friends, and the college boy romantically pursuing her. Although Gordon did in fact become an accomplished Academy Award-winning actress and a successful writer, the film ends without the audience seeing Gordon achieve her goals.

The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Black-and-White Costume Design. Tracy won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Drama and was nominated for a BAFTA as Best Foreign Actor. Simmons was named Best Actress by the National Board of Review, and Gordon's screenplay was nominated Best Written American Comedy by the Writers Guild of America, despite being far more dramatic than comedic.[1]

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Plot[edit]

In 1913 Wollaston, Massachusetts, teenage student Ruth Gordon Jones (Jean Simmons) dreams of a theatrical career after becoming mesmerized by a performance of The Pink Lady in a Boston theater. Encouraged to pursue her dream by real-life leading lady Hazel Dawn in response to a fan letter she sent her, Ruth schemes to drop out of school and move to New York City, much to the dismay of her father, Clinton Jones (Spencer Tracy), a former seaman now working at a menial factory] job, who urges her to continue her education and become a physical education instructor instead. When Ruth's audition with a leading producer proves disastrous and the girl's enthusiasm is crushed, her father offers to support her during her first few months in New York if she will at least get her high school diploma.

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Production[edit]

The film recorded a loss of nearly $1 million.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMDB Awards
  2. ^ James Curtis, Spencer Tracy: A Biography, Alfred Knopf, 2011 p654

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