Recipient of two Academy awards, Spencer Tracy first found success in 1930 when he starred in ‘The Last Mile,’ a Broadway play where he played the lead.
He made a successful film debut with a pre-code comedy film, ‘Up the River,’ but, he largely remained unknown to the audiences even after starring in more than twenty films.
He starred in more than seventy films and became one of the major stars of ‘Hollywood’s Golden Age,’ bagging in one ‘Golden Globe Award’ out of four nominations and winning two ‘British Academy Film Awards’ out of five nominations.
Some of his notable and popular works are ‘San Francisco,’ ‘Inherit the Wind,’ ‘Father of the Bride,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner,’ ‘Adam’s Rib,’ ‘Woman of the Year,’ ‘Bad Day at Black Rock,’ ‘Judgement at Nuremberg,’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea.’
Bad Day at Black Rock is a mystery crime thriller drama film which tells the story of a one-armed stranger who comes to a small town. He knows about their terrible past which they want to keep hidden, even by violent means, is required.
This is a dramatized version of 3rd Nuremberg trial for war crimes held by the US authorities after WWII. Four German judges, who officiated during the Nazi regime, are tried before Chief Trial Judge Dan Haywood for crimes against humanity. Haywood has the most challenging task of deciding whether they are guilty of international crimes or were observing the orders of their government.
The film is based on the true facts of ‘Scopes Monkey Trial’ of 1925. Bertram Cates, a Tennessee science teacher is arrested for violating Butler Act by teaching Darwin’s theory of Evolution. The case attracts the attention of entire nation when the two formidable lawyers fight the case: the atheist lawyer Henry Drummond defends Cates, while evangelist and former presidential candidate Matthew Brady is the prosecutor.
Joanna is a young woman who was raised with liberal values. One day, when she brings home her fiance, who is an African-American widowed physician, her parent’s attitudes are challenged.
Adam and his wife Amanda who are both lawyers find themselves on the same case, on opposite sides. The case which involves a woman, who shot her cheating husband, turns their domestic life upside down.
This action adventure comedy film revolves around a group of greedy people who hear about a hidden stash of loot. Soon they embark on an adventurous journey through the countryside in search of the buried treasure.
How the West Was Won is an epic Western film which takes us to the 19th century, and covers several events such as the Gold Rush, the Civil War, as well as the building of the railroads.
Based on the early life of inventor Thomas Edison, the movie follows young Tom as his mischiefs and chemical experiments brand him as a troublemaker. Eventually, Tom earns the respect of the townspeople after using science to save a train from plunging into a river and helping a surgeon operate on his mother.
Retired recovering alcoholic lawyer, James Curtayne, is persuaded into taking the case of young boy Johnny O'Hara who is falsely accused of murder. Because of his bad handling of the case, Johnny ends up being found guilty. James takes matters into his own hands to prove Johnny’s innocence with fatal consequences.
Steve Grey, a famous New York, reporter pins the murder of corrupt businessman, Halford, on Halford’s partner, Henry Mander, who is sentenced to death. When Steve’s editor asks him to get an interview with Mander, the real truth comes out.
Ambitious Jim Carter joins Pop McWade’s carnival and works for a show called ‘Dante’s Inferno,’ making it a big attraction. He marries Pop’s niece Betty and they have a son. Carter bribes an inspector who proclaims the show pier as unsafe. When the pier crashes injuring Pop, Carter faces trial while Betty leaves him. Despite this, he starts a new floating casino.
Father Flanagan is the head of Boys Town home for troubled children. When his young protégé Whitey Marsh goes to Marysport reform school, the brutal truth of Marysport is revealed, where boys are physically abused. Father Flanagan exposes the school and saves the boys.
Right after the USA enters World War II, reporter John Royer secures the release of and enlists the help of his friend Carnaghan to smuggle much-needed rubber out of Japanese controlled Malaya. With a dangerous Japanese commander Tomura in pursuit, Royer and Carnaghan involve an old associate The Dutchman to help them.
The movie is a fictionalized retelling of the Pilgrims’ voyage on board the Mayflower, to North America to establish the Plymouth Colony. As a love triangle with tragic consequences develops between the Capt. Christopher Jones, Dorothy Bradford, and her husband William Bradford, the movie also provides a description of the voyage.
Teenager Ruth Gordon Jones wants to drop out of school and move to New York City to pursue a career as a theater actress. However, her father, a former sailor working a menial job, who was once forced to leave school to seek work, wants her to become an instructor and marry handsome Harvard student Fred Whitmarsh.
Starting with burning down his own business to fund little Edward's treatment from insurance money, Arnold Boult has continued to take desperate measures to protect his beloved son, even if it meant hurting people close to him. The situation takes a dire turn when he refuses to believe his wife's concerns that Edward has become alcoholic and immoral.
Big City is an American drama film, which tells the story of Joe Benton, an independent taxi driver, who fights against corruption, and to stop his wife from being deported, after she is accused of murder.
Cass Timberlane, a middle-aged small-town judge with an immaculate reputation, falls in love with and marries Virginia ‘Jinny’ Marshland, a working-class girl, which creates ripples in his society. Feeling restless with the staid life, Jinny gets involved with Cass’s friend Bradd Criley, and leaving Cass, goes away with Bradd. Will she ever return to Cass? Can they share the same bond again?
Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie, and quits his job to become the union leader; but a failed union strike leaves him jobless. Ashamed of his poverty, his pride makes him abandon Hattie, who then joins cannery boss Nick. As her love for Dutch never dies, she steals for him and gets a prison-term. Dutch, a changed person, waits for her return.
Jessie Cassidy plans to escape the poverty at her home and pushes her boyfriend Eddie Miller to marry her. But Eddie is a crook and convinces Jessie to work as a shopgirl. When shipping tycoon John L. Hennessey falls in love with Jessie, Eddie proposes a devious plan to steal Hennessey’s money.
This 1940 drama film revolves around a doctor who rescues a young woman while the latter tries to commit suicide due to a failed romance. The duo eventually get married, but in order to afford her expensive lifestyle, the doctor abandons his clinic services to the poor, and joins a famous hospital.
The story focuses on the friendship between three prison convicts, Saint Louis, Dan and Steve. After his release, Steve heads for his hometown, where people are not aware of his criminal past. But in comes Frosby, a dishonest salesman, who blackmails him into taking part in a scheme to defraud the neighbors. When Louis and Dan learn about this, they escape from the prison to foil Frosby’s plan.
Marie is kidnapped and taken aboard a ship. However, she manages to escape, and begins a new life as a singer, in order to earn her safe passage back home. However, she gets involved in a plot to destroy the canal.
Spencer Tracy Awards
|Captains Courageous||Best Actor in a Leading Role||1938|
|Boys Town||Best Actor in a Leading Role||1939|
|The Actress||Best Actor - Drama||1954|
|Guess Who's Coming to Dinner||Best Actor||1969|