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Colonel James Brewton
Lutie Cameron
Brice Chamberlain
Sara Beth Brewton
Brock Brewton
Doc Reid
Sela Hall
Sam Hall
Judge White
George Cameron
Major Harney
Floyd McCurtin
Andy Boggs


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Based on a novel by
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Spencer Tracy
Katharine Hepburn
Melvyn Douglas
Phyllis Thaxter
Robert Walker
Edgar Buchanan
Harry Carey
Ruth Nelson
William 'Bill' Phillips
James Bell
Robert Barrat
Charles Trowbridge
Russel Hicks
Robert Armstrong
Trevor Bardette
Morris Ankrum
Nora Cecil


Elia Kazan
Pandro S. Berman
Marguerite Roberts,
Vincent Lawrence
Conrad Richter
Harry Stradling
Cedric Gibbons
Paul Groesse
Edwin B. Willis
Robert J. Kern
Douglas Shearer
Herbert Stothart
Walter Plunkett
Jack Dawn
Sid Sidman


Film data

123 minutes
Produced: January-May 1946 Filmed at: Canyon de Chelly National Monument - Chinle - Arizona - USA
Gallup - New Mexico - USA
Plains of San Augustin – Magdalena - New Mexico - USA
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - Agua Dulce – California - USA

Premiere: February 27, 1947


Cattle tycoon Colonel James Brewton owns the magnificent St. Augustine plains of New Mexico Territory, know as the Sea of Grass. Homesteaders pour into these fertile grazing ranges after Colonel Brewton loses a court decision to keep them out. Unhappy over Jim's obsession with his sea of grass, his wife Lutie leaves him and goes to Denver, where she has an affair with her husband's bitterest enemy, Brice Chamberlain, the lawyer who championed the homesteaders’ cause. Lutie returns to Jim and within months a son is born.


Critics' reviews

John McCarten – The New Yorker – 1946
"In the Sea of Grass, Mr. Tracy is grim, purposeful, and, I'm afraid, occasionally ludicrous, while Miss Hepburn is a pert as a sparrow. As the lawyer responsible for Miss Hepburn's trouble, Melvyn Douglas, is a gloomy as if he were the wronged husband, instead of being the worm in the domestic apple. The picture is much too long, but there are a lot of good shots of Western scenery, and I suppose the general confusion of the plot isn't any worse than usual."

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