Spitfire (1934 film)

Spitfire is a 1934 American Pre-Code drama film based on the play Trigger by Lula Vollmer. It was directed by John Cromwell and starred Katharine Hepburn, Robert Young and Ralph Bellamy.[2][3]

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Directed byJohn Cromwell
Produced byPandro S. Berman
Written byLula Vollmer (play and screenplay)
Jane Murfin (screenplay)
Release date
  • March 30, 1934 (1934-03-30)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$604,000[1]


Two engineers building a dam in the mountains, John Stafford (Robert Young) and George Fleetwood (Ralph Bellamy), are attracted to local hillbilly "spitfire" Trigger Hicks (Katharine Hepburn) who is the local faith healer. Things come to a head when the locals think she's a witch.



The film was popular and (after cinema circuits deducted their exhibition percentage of boxoffice ticket sales) made a profit of $113,000.[1]


  1. Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p56
  2. Variety film review; March 13, 1934, page 16.
  3. Harrison's Reports film review; March 10, 1934, page 39.
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