Pat and Mike (1952) - Rotten Tomatoes

Pat and Mike (1952)



Critic Consensus: Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy take competition to a romantic-comic highpoint in this elegantly directed sports comedy by George Cukor.

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Pat (Katharine Hepburn), a college phys-ed instructor, enters into professional competition as a golf and tennis player. Mike (Spencer Tracy), a likeable but unscrupulous sports promoter, first attempts to bribe Pat to lose, but later becomes her manager. Pat performs brilliantly until her insufferable fiance Collier West (William Ching) shows up; West always manages to make Pat so nervous that she can't win to save her life. At long last, West walks out, having found Pat in a compromising situation with Mike. Though she'd previously kept her distance from Mike, Pat suddenly realizes that she's fallen in love with him and--after a few crooked gamblers are disposed of--Pat and Mike become partners on a permanent basis. Pat & Mike reunited Tracy and Hepburn with their favorite director, George Cukor, and their favorite scenarists, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. Watch for real-life golf and tennis champs Gussie Moran, Babe Didrickson Zaharias, Don Budge, Alice Marble, Frank Parker, Betty Hicks, Helen Dettweilerand Beverly Hanson as "themselves" -- and also keep an eye out for ex-ballplayer Chuck Connors, making his acting debut as a highway patrolman.

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Spencer Tracy
as Mike Conovan
Katharine Hepburn
as Patricia "Pat" Pemberton
Aldo Ray
as Davie Hucko
William Ching
as Collier Weld
Sammy White
as Barney Grau
George Mathews
as Spec Cauley
Loring Smith
as Mr. Beminger
Phyllis Povah
as Mrs. Beminger
Charles Bronson
as Hank Tasling
Frank Richards
as Sam Garsell
Jim Backus
as Charles Barry
Chuck Connors
as Police Captain
Owen McGiveney
as Harry MacWade
Lou Lubin
as Waiter
William Self
as Pat's Caddy
Bill Self
as Pat's Caddy
Mae Clarke
as Woman Golfers
Elizabeth Holmes
as Woman Golfers
Helen Eby-Rock
as Woman Golfers
Hank Weaver
as Commentator
Tom Harmon
as Sportscaster
Don Budge
as Himself
Betty Hicks
as Herself
Gussie Moran
as Herself
Alice Marble
as Herself
Kay English
as Reporter
Sam Pierce
as Reporter
Bill Lewin
as Reporter
John Close
as Trooper
Fred Coby
as Trooper
Russ Clark
as Trooper
Tom Gibson
as Shooting Gallery Proprietor
Kay Deslys
as Shooting Gallery Proprietor
Barbara Kimbrell
as Tennis Players
Elinor Cushingham
as Tennis Players
Jane Stanton
as Tennis Players
Louis Mason
as Railway Conductor
King Mojave
as Linesman
Frank Sucack
as Chairman
Crauford Kent
as Tennis Umpire
Sam Hearn
as Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for Pat and Mike

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9)

Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin here wrote an engaging screenplay about emotion-without-display for their rare uncut diamonds.

January 14, 2013 | Full Review…

One of the season's gayest comedies.

August 4, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tracy is given some choice lines in the script and makes much of them in an easy, throwaway style that lifts the comedy punch.

August 4, 2008 | Full Review…

One of the better Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn comedies -- not so much for the screenplay by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, which lacks the bite and sophistication of Adam's Rib, as for the relaxed and graceful interplay of the stars.

August 4, 2008 | Full Review…

The best of the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn cycle.

August 4, 2008 | Full Review…

There are far too many shots featuring real-life sports stars, but the sparring leads, and Ray's dim boxer, work superbly together under Cukor's deceptively effortless, always elegant direction.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pat and Mike

The story of of lady sports protege and her shady manager is a sheer cover for this light farce about gender roles, typecasted with Tracy and Hepburn. Despite having moments of mirth the overall feeling I got was that the writers, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, cranked this out over a weekend. Still the star pairing is magnetic. Look for Charles Bronson, Chuck Conners, and Alfalfa (of the Little Rascals) in bit parts.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The synopsis on here says "predictable comic mishaps" predictable is right. These stars deserve more than another predictable comedy with a little romance. Yes, they do add sports to the mix, but that doesn't make it any more interesting.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Lady golfer Pat gets so stressed out in the presence of her fiance, she blows a golf tournament. Mike is a sports promoter who spots her at the tournament and signs her on to be one of his clients. It turns out golf is one of her "minor" sports, tennis and shooting being her major sports (although shooting really isn't referenced much subsequently). The fiance turns up at a tennis tournament and proves to be her achilles heel once again, with great visual effects used to signify her sudden mental block (it's a little bit of avant garde comedy). There are a few funny moments (Pat coming to Mike's "rescue" and beating up some gangsters for him), but the romance between Pat and Mike seems highly unlikely given the two's disparate backgrounds (she's an erudite college girl and he's a street hustling small-time promoter/bookie/gangster). A light and enjoyable comedy from two screen legends.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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