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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot of meat, but what's here is cherce!
This film reassembled the same team that put together the classic "Adam's Rib": Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as the stars, Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon writing the script for their friends, and George Cukor as the director. Hepburn plays Pat Pemberton, a gifted athlete who catches the eye of promoter Mike Conovan (Tracy). The inspiration for the film was the fact...
Published on 4 July 2004 by Lawrance Bernabo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, you see, this is a question of getting married. You've never been married to a lobster.
Out of MGM, Pat and Mike is directed by George Cukor and written by Ruth Gordon & Garson Kanin (Oscar nominated). It stars Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn & Aldo Ray. David Raksin scores the music and William H. Daniels photographs it on location around Los Angeles. Most of the golfing scenes were filmed at the Riviera Country Club, with other work shot at Occidental...
Published on 23 Jan. 2011 by Spike Owen


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot of meat, but what's here is cherce!, 4 July 2004
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Lawrance Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pat And Mike [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This film reassembled the same team that put together the classic "Adam's Rib": Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as the stars, Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon writing the script for their friends, and George Cukor as the director. Hepburn plays Pat Pemberton, a gifted athlete who catches the eye of promoter Mike Conovan (Tracy). The inspiration for the film was the fact that Hepburn had always been athletic. She even continued to play tennis for a while after breaking her hip, which I sure suprises no one.
Hepburn's character is a gifted athlete with the Achilles heel that everytime her fiancee Collier Weld (William Ching) shows up she falls apart. The film's best scene is when he arrives during a tennis match and Pat falls apart in a surrealistic scene. The net jumps up to stop her shots, her opponent's racket grows while her's shrinks. In the end Tracy gives her the confidence she needs to succeed, only to see her turn the tables on him.
Among the other memorable scenes in this film, Hepburn saves Tracy from a couple of thugs, one of whom is a young Charles Buchinski (remember him?). Also, there is a nice moment when Pat gives Mike a kiss and after he wipes off the lipstick, he puts the hankerchief away as a momentoe, one of the most romantic moments between the couple in all of their films.
Another nice thing about the film is that as Pat Pemberton the Hepburn character actually plays golf and tennis against some of the best female athletes of the day, including Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Gussie Moran, and Alice Marble.
"Pat and Mike" has one similarity with the next Tracy-Hepburn effort, "Desk Set," in that they are the only pair in the set where Hepburn comes out at top in the end. This is not on the "A" list of films by Tracy and/or Hepburn, but it is a solid member of the "B" list.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, you see, this is a question of getting married. You've never been married to a lobster., 23 Jan. 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pat And Mike (DVD) [1952] (DVD)
Out of MGM, Pat and Mike is directed by George Cukor and written by Ruth Gordon & Garson Kanin (Oscar nominated). It stars Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn & Aldo Ray. David Raksin scores the music and William H. Daniels photographs it on location around Los Angeles. Most of the golfing scenes were filmed at the Riviera Country Club, with other work shot at Occidental College. The film is notable for featuring many sports star cameos, some who show up include: Babe Zaharias, Betty Hicks, Helen Dettweiler, Don Budge, Gussie Moran, Beverly Hanson and Alice Marble. In the support cast are Charles Bronson, Frank Richards, Jim Backus, and Chuck Connors.

Hugely efficient romantic comedy that sees Hepburn as sprightly PE teacher, Pat Pemberton, who is courted for stardom by shifty promoter Mike Conovan (Tracy). The trouble is is that as talented as Pat is, she goes to pieces when watched by her beau, Davie Hucko (Ray). Pretty soon Pat starts responding to Mike's methods of coaching, and could there even be love in the air too? OK, so it doesn't hold any surprises in how it pans out, but the fun is in getting there. The script is tight as a padlock and Cukor gets great performances out of his two leads. Notably Hepburn, who gets to show her undoubted athletic ability. Added bonus is Raksin's score, which is breezy with jazzy tones and sits nicely in context to the material playing out.

Not as sharp as Adam's Rib, but clever and funny in equal measure. 7/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pat & Mike...., 31 Mar. 2012
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Tim Kidner "Hucklebrook Hound" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pat And Mike (DVD) [1952] (DVD)
I'm not really a sports fan and watching it on TV, especially golf is just a bit of a no-no. Therefore, that side of things wasn't going to keep me hooked.

What does, of course is the famous Hepburn/Tracy coupling and every scene that they're in has that rare chemistry these days - of people on the same wavelength, actually liking each other. The fact that that is underestimating it, to say the least would not surprise the viewer who didn't know at the time and delight further those who did.

Neither one is my favourite actor, by quite a long way but together there's an easy, natural charm that makes a story - almost any story tick along like a Swiss watch. It's quite daft in places, possibly adding to its charm and is largely forgettable, though the premise of a female tennis and golf pro needing a shot in the arm by a cynical coach is now no longer new, it must have seemed fresh exactly 60 years ago.

It's great also to see Charles Bronson in his first feature, though he's listed as Charles Buchinski. There's also Hepburn's distracting and pest of a fiance, played by William Ching and a rather stupid boxer that Tracy has on his books, played by Aldo Ray.

This isn't the greatest pairing of the couple ever made but a good one and I watched this DVD as part of the Tracy & Hepburn Collection, the others in it being Keeper of the Flame, Woman of the Year and Adam's Rib.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good, 19 Jan. 2014
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very good quality. i will keep it and hope to buy more at this quality. pleased to give this feedback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie about golf, 27 July 2013
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I you are passionate about golf this is one of those movies you should see at one point or another.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A belaboured 'comedy' unworthy of its stars., 30 Jan. 2002
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Tracy & Hepburn's easy chemistry was without parallel, but it suffered some unfortunate vehicles, including this wry, joyless movie. A plodding story and mostly unlikeable characters are obstacles even this pairing could not mitigate. It is hard to believe that this movie was directed by Cukor, master of comedy, and written by the rarely excelled Gordon and Kanin. Thus, although the movie had the same creative production team as the delightful "Adam's Rib" (1949), it is but a pale shadow, and only to be recommended to the die-hard Tracy & Hepburn fan.
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