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Without Love (1945)




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In their third film together, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn created one of the box-office sensations of 1945, a sparklingly witty wartime comedy about a marriage entered on the theory that love only gums up a relationship. Invited by a drunken Quintin Ladd (Keenan Wynn), devoted scientist Patrick Jamieson (Tracy) moves into the Washington mansion belonging to Ladd's cousin Mrs. Jamie Rowan (Hepburn), a widow, who, it soon appears, shares Pat's distaste of romantic love. Highly interested in the scientist's attempt to develop a high-altitude oxygen helmet for the war department, and tired of being hit on by men, an emboldened Jamie proposes marriage to Pat, insisting that theirs should be a union uncomplicated by love. Pat readily agrees and the two settle into a seemingly well-functioning life of shared passion for the oxygen experiments. But when Pat's former girlfriend turns up, Jamie discovers that she has fallen in love with her husband after all and attempts to win him back. The ploy, however, seems to backfire -- or does it? Originally written for Katharine Hepburn by her frequent collaborator Philip Barry, Without Love had enjoyed a moderately successful run on Broadway from 1942-1943 with Elliott Nugent as the scientist. The much more successful screen version became the final film of MGM contract director Harold S. Bouquet, who died of cancer soon after. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

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Spencer Tracy
as Pat Jamieson
Katharine Hepburn
as Jamie Rowan
Lucille Ball
as Kitty Trimble
Keenan Wynn
as Quentin Ladd
Patricia Morison
as Wdwina Collins
Gloria Grahame
as Flower Girl
George Davis
as Caretaker
George Chandler
as Elevator Boy
Clancy Cooper
as Sergeant
Wallis Clark
as Prof. Thompson
Donald Curtis
as Prof. Ellis
Charles Arnt
as Col. Braden
Franco Corsaro
as Headwaiter
Ralph Brooks
as Pageboy
Joe Devlin
as Soldier
James Flavin
as Sergeant
Garry Owen
as Soldier
Hazel Brooks
as Girl on Elevator
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Critic Reviews for Without Love

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Underrated top-quality romance with wonderfully literate dialogue and a crackerjack performance by Lucille Ball.

October 13, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

Without Love may not be as memorable as their other work but being able to watch Tracy and Hepburn is worth a viewing.

January 14, 2021 | Full Review…

So droll and casually paced that it often seems to disappear within itself, but the care with which director Harold S. Bucquet treats the central relationship is apparent, and Tracy and Hepburn consistently shine.

September 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Keenan Wynn is hilarious as a drunken pal, while Lucille Ball scores as a sharp-witted friend.

August 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Fails to convert to the cinema.

May 12, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Without Love

A great Hepburn and Tracy movie. He's a scientist who doesn't have time for love, she starts to help him out with his experiments, and they unintentionally fall for each other without realizing it. A fun movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not their best but a good film from the pair. Lucy and Keenan offer excellent support.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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