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

04/25/2013 (press release: nevfsinc) // Newton, MA, USA // Brenda Loew

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

Brenda Loew and The New England Vintage Film Society Inc. proudly present 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 with Spencer Tracy Fox Film Actor.

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. He appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967 and is today 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 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.

Spencer Tracy Fox Film Actor is available in hardcover, softcover and e-book formats and is sold on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Xlibris.com

About the Author

Editor Brenda Loew also serves as President of The New England Vintage Film Society, Incorporated (www.nevintagefilm.org), a charitable, tax-exempt, non-profit, 501 (c) (3) Massachusetts public corporation committed to the preservation, restoration and presentation of classic and vintage American films to enlighten, enrich, educate and entertain. The Society’s mission extols Hollywood’s Golden Age and America’s feature films of that era—evaluating interpretations, findings, discoveries and viewpoints in view of the state of contemporary American society and world affairs. The Society believes motion pictures created for mass audiences throughout the United States from the 1930s through the 1960s serve as important historical records, documenting and reflecting America’s prevailing social, cultural, economic, political, religious and moral attitudes of those decades. The Society sponsors special projects, activities and events to affirm the significance of these films by actor, director, studio, genre, theme, etc. and, preserve and restore Golden Age films at risk of loss. The New England Vintage Film Society, Incorporated’s mission is being realized by publishing this book of essays and images celebrating a selection of Mr. Spencer Tracy’s essentially forgotten and “lost” Fox masterpieces.

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