Spencer Tracy Fox Film Actor: The Pre-Code Legacy of a Hollywood Legend by New England Vintage Film Society, Inc.

Spencer Tracy Fox Film Actor: The Pre-Code Legacy of a Hollywood Legend

New England Vintage Film Society, Inc.


The New England Vintage Film Society Inc. proudly presents a unique collection of essays and images celebrating legendary two-time Academy Award winning actor Spencer Tracy’s outstanding legacy of early screen performances in Fox'’s lively Depression era pre-Code films – rare 1930s Americana from Hollywood’s Golden Age, re-discovered.

Spencer Tracy’s early career at Fox Film Corporation dovetails neatly with one of the most notorious—and beloved—periods in American motion picture history: the outbreak of sex, immorality, and defiance in motion pictures known as pre-Code Hollywood cinema.

Spencer Tracy appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967 and is regarded as one of the finest actors in motion picture history.  Nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor -- and winning twice -- in 1999 the American Film Institute named Spencer Tracy one of the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 9th on the list of 100.

Filled with thirty-one rare photos that capture Tracy's Depression era characterizations, Spencer Tracy Fox Film Actor: The Pre-Code Legacy of a Hollywood Legend  introduces Spencer Tracy’s 1930s Fox Film performances to Tracy admirers and classic movie cinephiles. It is a collection of well-researched, informative essays on the value of Tracy’s films from Fox's pre-Code era. The collection expands and enhances knowledge of Tracy’s little known early cinematic achievements and makes the case for returning his lost, forgotten, under-appreciated films to movie and television screens by encouraging their restoration and availability in digitized commercial formats.

"Wonderfully informative and entertaining. It’s a meticulously researched, in-depth look at a part of Spencer Tracy’s spectacular career that nobody knows —before the MGM and Hepburn glory days, and before the constraints of the Hollywood Production Code— beautifully explaining why Tracy became the one actor who ‘defies imitation.” Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies

Witness the life and times of one of the finest and most versatile actors of the Golden Age generation of silver screen stars in Spencer Tracy Fox Film Actor: The Pre-Code Legacy of a Hollywood Legend.

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ISBN13 (TP) 978-1-4363-4137-0

ISBN13 (HB) 978-1-4363-4138-7