Cinema: Cinema, Mar. 17, 1947

The Sea of Grass (MGM) lasts only a couple of hours, but it is possible to age a lot during that time. The story is a duel between conservative Cattleman Spencer Tracy and progressive Attorney Melvyn Douglas. Which shall make use of the prairie—the cattle, which will leave it as God made it, or homesteading farmers who (Mr. Tracy keeps warning) will skin it alive? Since Lawyer Douglas has Progress and the Federal Government on his side, the homesteaders eventually win.

Another protracted duel is fought over Mr. Tracy's unhappy wife (Katharine Hepburn). At...

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