Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Essay

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
(Drama/Comedy) (1967)
©2000 by Raymond Weschler

Major Characters
John Wade Prentice……………………………………Sidney Portier A very accomplished and sweet black doctor who works for the United Nations’ World Health Organization. John falls in love with Joey, his first relationship since his wife and child were killed in an accident eight years earlier. Joey (Joanna) Drayton………………………………….Katherine Houghton A sweet and innocent young white woman who lives in San Francisco, who meets and falls in love with John while on vacation in Hawaii. Matt Drayton………………………………………………Spencer Tracy Joey’s father, who is a wealthy and very liberal San Francisco newspaper publisher, and who has spoken out for racial equality and civil rights all of his adult life. Christina Drayton………………………………..……Katherine Hepburn Joey’s mother, who owns a small art gallery, and who has also been a supporter of civil rights all of her life. Monsignor Ryan………………………………….…….Cecil Kellaway A Catholic priest, who has been a dear family friend of the Draytons, who is also an extremely liberal and tolerant person (A “monsignor” is a word for an official of the church). Tillie (Miss Matilda Banks)………………………...Isabel Sanford The Drayton’s black housekeeper, who has been a part of the family for over 22 years, and who helped raise Joey from when she was a baby. Mr. Prentice…………………………………………………Roy E. Glenn Sr. John’s father, a retired mailman who lives in Los Angeles. Mrs. Prentice………………………………………………..Beah Richards John’s extremely sweet and thoughtful mother. Hillary St. George………………………………………….Virginia Christine An assistant to Christina who works in her art gallery.

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Plot Summary
This film is the classic story of a Joanna, a young, charming and innocent woman, who falls in love with, and decides to marry, John, a wonderful black doctor. More specifically, it is the story of how the people around them, including their parents, friends and others, react to the news of a possible...

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