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Spencer Tracy before MGM


Spencer Tracy before MGM

His Pre-Code Legacy at Fox Films (based on the book endorsed by TCM's Robert Osborne)

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Comment by Brenda Loew on March 16, 2009 at 5:07pm
Here are some New York Times quotes about the early 1930's Fox Films Spencer Tracy appeared in. These movies are a little difficult to find. The Fox Movie Channel airs Up the River and Dantes Inferno from time to time. Marie Galante is sold on Ebay. It is in the public domain. Now I'll Tell is the only movie Shirley Temple appeared in with Tracy. I am told the Shirley Temple people don't want anything to do with this picture!!!

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New York Times Praise for Spencer Tracy and Fox Films

“Up the River, a film comedy of prison life...Spencer Tracy and Warren Hymer do particularly well... Humphrey Bogart is efficient as Steve.” October 11, 1930

“…in Quick Millions ...Mr. Tracy’s performance is forceful…he succeeds in impressing one with his characterization.” April 18, 1931

“…Me and My Gal , a racy combination of comedy and melodrama...Mr. Tracy and Miss Bennett speak their lines effectively…The scenes between these two are the best part of the picture...” December 12, 1932

“... The Power and The Glory … The new treatment…‘narratage,’ is eminently well suited to this particular dramatic vehicle...but it is Mr. Tracy who captures the histrionic honors.” August 17, 1933

“...Bottoms Up... fires darts and daggers at Hollywood...honest humor and also several tuneful songs... a neat, carefree piece of work…helped greatly by Spencer Tracy...” March 23, 1934

“...Looking for Trouble... the amusing experiences of telephone repair men...The capable Spencer Tracy portrays Joe Graham, a crack telephone linesman...” April 12, 1934

“...from Mrs. Arnold Rothstein’s book, Now I’ll Tell… Spencer Tracy gives a vivid performance... as thorough a characterization as has been seen on the screen.” May 26, 1934

“Dante’s Inferno... Mr. Tracy performs with all his accustomed vigor and conviction, making the hero… a more likable scoundrel...” August 1, 1935

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