Directed by John Pasquin. Showing all 5 items Jump to: Summaries (4) Synopsis (1) Summaries. In Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, Sidney Poitier plays John, a black man meeting his white fiancee's parents, who are played by Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn and Tracy played Matt and Christina Drayton, liberals who were dedicated to the cause of racial equality, and had raised their daughter Joanna (Katharine Houghton) to treat all humans fairly. While the movie was important, she said, "I think the fact that my character didn't appear to have a brain in her head was sort of an indication of the level of it.". Joanna, though, is a college student who has very little to say. Directed by Stanley Kramer. It was one thing to speak about these things in the abstract -- how do you the high-minded principles hold up when your daughter declares she plans to enter into an interracial marriage? Others praised the conception of John as a rare case of a black male character who was fully developed in a positive light. In fact, just six months before the film's premiere, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down … Kramer felt that Houghton's character needed to be "a symbol of youth and loveliness and hope and so on," rather than a fully realized person. Carpe diem is her fave quote, get out there and seize the day! But more often than not, what I'm after is this one, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. John then has to admit that he hasn't told his own parents he intends to marry a white woman, revealing that black Americans, too, could have their reservations about interracial marriage. Her parents are a newspaper editor and an art gallery owner, and her intended is a doctor and professor. Many critics felt the film was well made and accomplished its mission of addressing the subject without alienating audiences. I think the fact that my character didn't appear to have a brain in her head was sort of an indication of the level of it.". On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court found Virginia’s laws violated the 14th Amendment and the laws against interracial marriage were struck down in 16 states. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner soundtrack from 1967, composed by Frank De Vol. Virginia was one of 16 states that still had anti-miscegenation laws on its books in 1967. ), Katharine Houghton takes issue with criticism that the movie was addressing a problem that had been solved. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Plot. Cyn loves history, music, Irish dancing, college football and nature. Though her appearance in the 1967 film is shorter than brief and her name a mystery in the screen credits, Jacqueline Fontaine is a true and steadfast “Lady of the Nightclubs”. “The Glory of Love” becomes the signature theme of the film, featured during its opening and closing credits, and introduced by Jacqueline Fontaine in the Japanese cocktail lounge where the potent “Dr. Thirteen years later, during which Fontaine was crooning her way on the Las Vegas Strip, Stanley Kramer picked her up as the lounge singer in “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The Original Dating Game – A Classic Game Show! While the movie deals with the question, it does so in a mostly humorous way. With Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Alexandra Krosney, Molly Ephraim. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning two. Another surprise: Simon is white. A new couple moves in the neighborhood and Vanessa invites them to dinner. Going into the '50s, more than half of the states had such anti-miscegenation laws on their books. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. A particularly surprising reaction comes from Tillie, the Drayton's maid, who warns Joanna that John is trying to use her to raise his status in society. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was a huge financial success, despite the fact that some theaters in the south wouldn't screen it. Once again, the song hit the jackpot. But the movie had its flaws -- for instance, some claimed that Sydney Poitier’s character, John Prentiss, was too perfect. The story goes that it was Fontaine’s idea to sing composer Billy Hill’s enduring hit from 1936, “The Glory of Love”. Thirteen years later, during which Fontaine was crooning her way on the Las Vegas Strip, Stanley Kramer picked her up as the lounge singer in “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. It was one thing to speak about these things in the abstract -- how do you the high-minded principles hold up when your daughter declares she plans to enter into an interracial marriage? Guess Who's Coming to Dinner was quite different. Source: IMDB. In fact, just six months before the film's premiere, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws all state against interracial marriage in the case Loving v. Virginia. A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé. They were found guilty but the judge suspended the sentence on the condition that the couple did not return to Virginia together for 25 years. "I thought it was terrible that my character never had anything to say for herself of a political nature," Houghton told King. The couple returned to Virginia, were arrested, indicted, and tried for the felony offense. But I think it was a movie mainly for white people. In 2000, Alabama was the last state to remove its anti-miscegenation statute. The research firm Gallup has asked Americans whether they approve of interracial marriage since 1958 -- in the first year of the survey, approval stood at 4%, and in 1968 that figure had risen to just 20%. The movie was released in December 1967; the decade had seen some civil right victories but prejudice was still widespread. Guess who’s coming to dinner, Natty DreadlocksGuess who’s coming to dinner, Natty Dreadlocks Oh I can see you brought some herb for me, Natty DreadlocksAnd Rasta near land Nyah Binghi Cudjoe are coming over the hillsSay in time like this we must live as oneSo the Book of Rule shall stand, Dreadlocks, Dreadlocks Guess who’s […] Interestingly, the greatest criticism of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, particularly in hindsight, is a feminist one -- Houghton's character herself has almost no personality. For instance, there is some classic movie confusion when Joanna invites John's parents over for dinner, without telling them that she and her parents are white. It was a breakthrough in that regard. In fact, she is doubly-blessed. I just find it combines all of what makes early Uhuru great. Prominent reviewer Roger Schickel felt the film was making an unnecessary statement, writing: Although the Supreme Court had abolished anti-miscegenation laws, the country wasn't necessarily on board with the changes. Houghton feels this choice was reflective of Kramer's ultimate goal, which was to make a movie that addressed a sensitive issue, but was ultimately a piece of friendly entertainment, not a shouted demand for a more just society. Benny Hill, World Famous, Comedic Genius! She revealed that there was a scene in which her character confronted her father (Spencer Tracy). Then he hits it off as a pal to one of them, but accidentally insults her. In Virginia, the Act to Preserve Racial Integrity, enacted in 1924, made interracial marriage punishable by one to five years in a state penitentiary. The story goes that it was Fontaine’s idea to sing composer Billy Hill’s enduring hit from 1936, “The Glory of Love”. Given less than 30 seconds of actual on-screen time and with not even half the song, Jacqueline Fontaine — the pistol-packin’ mama from “Dalton’s Women” and favorite jungle pin-up girl of “Untamed Mistress” — delivers the juiciest knock-out punch to a popular standard inserted into a film that will absolutely stand the test of time. She can be found outside walking or hiking with her son when she's not working. The movie was released in December 1967; the decade had seen some civil right victories but prejudice was still widespread. The girls make a revenge video.