America's Reaction to a Mixed Race Couple

517 Words Jan 27th, 2018 2 Pages
The Civil Rights Movement picked up speed, teenage delinquents appeared, and the counter culture came into its own. The 1967 film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, produced by Columbia Pictures and directed by Stanley Kramer, depicts Joey Drayton (Katharine Houghton) and Dr. John Wade Prentice (Sidney Poitier) as a mixed race couple who leave Hawaii to go back to her family’s home to surprise her parents, Mr. Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and Mrs. Christina Drayton (Katharine Hepburn) in San Francisco, California. Joey later invites Dr. Prentice’s parents to dinner who then fly in from Los Angeles. The couple’s announcement shocks everyone to say the least. In more shocking terms, the couple, who have known each other for a mere 10 days, plan to leave for Switzerland that evening and then marry while overseas for the doctor’s business. The complete unconventional aspect of the relationship illustrated in the film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, would not have been able to shown in any film before its time due to circumstances surrounding the years preceding the release, as well as the release year. Major events in American history such as the Executive Order 9981: Desegregation of the Armed Forces in July 1948, the Brown v. Board of Education ruling in May 1954, the Civil Rights Acts in July 1964, and, the Loving v. Virginia ruling in June 1967 all prepared America, in a way, for the release of Guess…