Woman of the Year

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In the first romantic comedy pairing of Tracy and Hepburn, the stars' chemistry is off to a working start and the film's sparkling comedy smooths out any rough patches.



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In this romantic comedy, New York sportswriter Sam Craig becomes incensed at comments about the uselessness of sports made by foreign correspondent Tess Harding. Sam and Tess subsequently use their respective columns to carry on a feud -- at least, until they finally meet face to face.

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Spencer Tracy
as Sam Craig
Katharine Hepburn
as Tess Harding
Fay Bainter
as Ellen Whitcomb
Gladys Blake
as Flo Peters
Minor Watson
as William Harding
William Bendix
as Pinkie Peters
Dan Tobin
as Gerald
Roscoe Karns
as Phil Whittaker
Ludwig Stossel
as Dr. Martin Lubbeck
Sara Haden
as Matron at Refugee Home
William J. Holmes
as Man at Banquet
Henry Roquemore
as Justice of the Peace
Cyril Ring
as Harding's chauffeur
Ben Lessy
as Punchy
Duke York
as Football player
Winifred Harris
as Chairlady
Joe Yule
as Building Superintendent
William Holmes
as Man at Banquet
Jimmy Conlin
as Reporter
Ray Teal
as Reporter
Grant Withers
as Al Dunlap
Connie Gilchrist
as Mrs. Dunlap
Gerald Mohr
as Radio Emcee
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Critic Reviews for Woman of the Year

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

The film earlier has one of the very best Tracy-Hepburn love scenes, full of the sense of private shelter that they uniquely purvey.

Jan 14, 2013 | Full Review…

Woman of the Year is an entertaining film with superb work by Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tracy and Hepburn were a great team, and this, their first outing together, set the seal on the pattern to follow into the next decade.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

For the first time in months, this critical spectator feels like tossing his old hat into the air and weaving a joyous snake dance over the typewriter keys in celebration of Metro's triumphant Woman of the Year...

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The premise is promising...But Stevens lacks the courage to make much of the conflict; the film ends with an embarrassing sequence in which Hepburn is tamed and installed in the kitchen.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

For anyone looking to add a single Hepburn/Tracy movie to their collection, this is the one.

Apr 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Woman of the Year

I do like Hepburn and Tracy, and they give good performances, but the story is too predictable and boring.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Another great Tracy/Hepburn pairing. This is the closest of their films to show their actual relationship behind the scenes.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

this is how to do romantic comedy. amazing chemistry and sharp dialogue

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

good but desk set is better

jay nixon
jay nixon

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