Adam's Rib 1949

Adam's Rib

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Matched by Garson Kanin's witty, sophisticated screenplay, George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, and Katherine Hepburn are all in top form in the classic comedy Adam's Rib.

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A courtroom rivalry finds its way into the household when prosecuting lawyer Adam Bonner (Spencer Tracy) faces off against his wife, Amanda (Katharine Hepburn), who happens to be a defense attorney. Working on opposite sides of a lawsuit where a woman (Judy Holliday) has shot her cheating husband (Tom Ewell), Adam and Amanda are both determined to win the case, and their home becomes the setting for comical showdowns, with neither spouse willing to relent.

Cast & Crew

Spencer Tracy
Adam Bonner
Judy Holliday
Doris Attinger
Tom Ewell
Warren Francis Attinger
Jean Hagen
Beryl Caighn
Hope Emerson
Olympia La Pere
Polly Moran
Mrs. McGrath
Marvin Kaplan
Court Stenographer (uncredited)
Paula Raymond
Kip's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Cole Porter
Original Music
Miklós Rózsa
Original Music
George J. Folsey
Cinematographer
George Boemler
Film Editor
William Ferrari
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Critic Reviews for Adam's Rib

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  • Jul 06, 2017
    Goofy but often quite hilarious. The screenplay takes Hepburn's feminism more seriously than you'd expect.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2013
    A husband and wife face off in an attempted murder trial that becomes a battle of the sexes. Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy deliver fine performances in this interesting but problematic film. The very simple facts of the case are that the accused is guilty. That's not a spoiler; that's the first scene. But Amanda's defense is that if a man is allowed to shoot his wife's lover, then a woman is allowed to shoot her husband's lover. This begs the question: is a man allowed to shoot his wife's lover? I didn't know that was an acceptable thing. Good to know. The fact that the film brings up common cultural double standards that persist is what makes the film interesting, and Tracy, I'm beginning to realize, made his career by taking roles that require his natural dignity. In the person of anyone else, Adam would seem weak and uninteresting, but Tracy's demeanor makes it difficult for any of his characters to be wholly emasculated. I'm also starting to like Judy Holliday; she plays ditzy roles that I would normally never be compelled by, but for some reason I find myself charmed. Overall, I liked the film, but it's not without its problems.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Hepburn wants to start women's liberation in 1949! She and her husband are lawyers on opposing sides of a case which involves a man and a woman, and they get into a battle of the sexes. It's funny at times, and too silly at other times. Overall, pretty good, but it could have been better.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2010
    A hilarious story about a husband and wife who are both lawyers defending opposing sides of a woman who shot her husband because he was cheating on her. There are many funny parts but I think it could even be better... but in the script only, because every other aspect is perfect.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer

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