Spencer Tracy Film Festival

Dates: Friday, August 18, 2017 - Sunday, August 20, 2017
Location:

August 18-20, SPENCER TRACY FILM FESTIVAL. Lindo Theatre, 115 S. Chicago Avenue, Freeport. 1 pm. Spencer Tracy, one of Hollywood’s most cherished actors, comes home to Freeport where his parents lived and where he enjoyed many happy times as a child. Three prized films will be presented on the historic Lindo Theatre’s big screen. There will be a brief introduction and discussion afterward for each film conducted by Dr. Ed Finch and Alan Wenzel. A special addition to this year’s festival is a Dessert Reception on Saturday at which members of Spencer Tracy’s family will be in attendance including great grandson, Shane Tracy and granddaughter-in-law, Cyndi Tracy. The reception will be held at 9 East Coffee, 9 East Stephenson Street, Freeport on Saturday from 3:30 until 5:30 pm and will include sweets, coffee and tea. The reception will include a silent auction of Tracy memorabilia donated by the Tracy family. Dessert Reception Tickets (Advance Purchase Required): $20 (may be purchased at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport or at the Stephenson County Historical Museum, 1440 S. Carroll Avenue, Freeport, or at 9 East Coffee, 9 East Stephenson Street, Freeport); Movie Ticket Per Movie: $6. (800-369-2955)

2017 Movies:

August 18: “Cass Timberlane” (1947). The film stars Tracy and the noted actress Lana Turner. It was directed by George Sydney. Former Congressman and now Judge Cass Timberlane (Tracy) is a middle-aged, incorruptible, highly respected man who enjoys good books and playing the flute. He falls for Jinny (Turner), a much younger girl from a lower class in his small Minnesota town. At first, the marriage is happy, but Jinny becomes bored with the small town and with the judge’s friends.

August 19: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” (1967).  This is the 50th anniversary of the release of this classic film which was was produced and directed by Stanley Kramer. It stars Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn. In a very rare departure from films of the time, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” contains a positive representation of the controversial subject of interracial marriage, which at one time was illegal in most states of the United States, and still was illegal in 17 states until June 1967 when such laws were struck down by the United States Supreme Court. The film is notable for being the ninth and final on-screen pairing of Tracy and Hepburn, with filming ending just 17 days before Tracy’s death. Hepburn never wanted to see the completed film, citing her memories of Tracy as too painful.

August 20: “Pat and Mike” (1957). In another pairing of the popular Tracy and Hepburn, this film was written by the highly successful team of Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin and directed by the legendary George Cukor. The romantic comedy tells the story of a brilliant athlete (Hepburn) who loses her confidence just as national championships in golf and tennis are within her reach. She enlists a not too trustworthy sports promoter (Tracy) to help restore her confidence. Their growing mutual attraction faces the obstacles of their different personalities, a jealous boxer, and some unsavory gangster types.

 

 

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