Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn are unforgettable as the perplexed parents in this landmark 1967 movie about mixed marriage. Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton), is the beautiful daughter of crusading publisher Matthew Drayton (Tracy), and his patrician wife, Christina (Hepburn).
Joanna returns home from vacation in Hawaii with her new fiancée, John Wade Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished black doctor.
Christina accepts her daughter’s decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by this interracial union, and the doctor’s parents are equally dismayed. Both families must sit down face to face and examine each other’s level of intolerance.
The situation becomes even more entangled when John tells Matthew that he won’t marry Joanna without his blessing, a factor that is exacerbated by the couple’s insistence that they get hitched immediately, which means Matthew has to decide within a few hours.
The scenario becomes even more muddled when John’s parents (Roy Glenn and Beah Richards) fly up from LA to meet their future daughter-in-law.
The movie was Spencer Tracy’s final film appearance (he died soon after filming was completed) and featured Oscar-winning work from Katharine Hepburn and screenwriter William Rose.
Hilary St. George