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Tracy, Spencer

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004

(1900-1967)

    Craggy-faced actor who was an enormous success at MGM for many years, winning Oscars for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938). Tracy also won seven other nominations for films such as Father of the Bride, Judgment at Nuremburg, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, his final on-screen appearance as a co-star with Katherine Hepburn, an actress with whom he had a decades-long affair. The team had appeared together in many memorable films over the years.

    Tracy is seen as one of the so-called students of Kay Kyser Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941). A Tracy caricature as Stanley, from his 1939 film Stanley and Livingstone can be seen in both Malibu Beach Party (Freleng, 1940), in which he addresses Mary Livingston, as well as in Africa Squeaks (Clampett, 1940), in a running gag where he is looking everywhere for Livingstone. Bugs, after watching the reaction of Elmer Fudd caused by drinking the (supposedly) beast-creating formula in Hare Remover (Tashlin, 1946) remarks amusedly “I think Spencer Tracy did it much better, don’t you folks?”, referring to Tracy’s role in the 1941 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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