Review: ‘Without Love’

Competent trouping and topflight production make Without Love a click. But there's no gainsaying the general obviousness of it all, along with a somewhat static plot basis [from a play by Philip Barry].

Competent trouping and topflight production make Without Love a click. But there’s no gainsaying the general obviousness of it all, along with a somewhat static plot basis [from a play by Philip Barry].

There is a lack of conviction despite the adult trouping of the lady scientist who aids the gentleman scientist. It’s a foregone conclusion that behind their mutual shells of yesteryear amours they’ll clinch eventually. Hers was the idyllic love, too shortlived, but a perfect two years, until his death; and Spencer Tracy’s love life is something out of a Parisian past.

Interspersed is an intelligent pooch who has been trained to curb Tracy’s somnambulism, which is planted early for boudoir usage later. Somehow this is inconsistent with so stoic a character as Tracy, but somehow, also, it’s made acceptable, as is the squabbling Keenan Wynn-Patricia Morison business, and the rest of it. All of which is wholly to the cast’s credit.

Without Love

Production

M-G-M. Director Harold S. Bucquet; Producer Lawrence A. Weingarten; Screenplay Donald Ogden Stewart; Camera Karl Freund; Editor Frank Sullivan; Music Bronislau Kaper; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Harry McAfee

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 111 MIN.

With

Spencer Tracy Katherine Hepburn Keenan Wynn Gloria Grahame Patricia Morison Lucille Ball
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