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Woman of the Year (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 January 1942 (USA)
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Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

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George Kezas ...
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Tess and Sam work on the same newspaper and don't like each other very much. At least the first time, because they eventually fall in love and get married. But Tess is a very active woman and one of the most famous feminists in the country; she is even elected as "the woman of the year." Being busy all the time, she forgets how to really be a woman and Sam begins to feel neglected. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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19 January 1942 (USA)  »

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La mujer del año  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In the opening montage, the audience sees two side-by-side ads. One says "Hitler can't win" by Tess Harding and the other says "Yankees can't lose" by Sam Craig. Only Tess was correct; the Yankees made it to the 1942 World Series but lost to the St Louis Cardinals in five games. See more »

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When Sam and Tess come home to Tess' place after a night of drinking at Pinkie's, the shadow of the boom mike can be seen following them across the wall at the top of the screen See more »

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Tess Harding: He-woh, Daddy!
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Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
In the score near the end
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Undated sexual politics
26 July 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Most commentators on this movie miss the its point completely, and criticize what they misunderstand as the outdated sexual politics of the 1940's from the standpoint of the outdated sexual politics of the 1970's. Blinded by political correctness, they miss the many virtues of the sparkling script.

The point of the script is actually relatively modest. It is not, in fact it is far from, The Taming of the Shrew, or the subjugation of the independent woman. Tracy's character admires Hepburn's character's independence and competence, and he doesn't want her to renounce them to become the "little woman" -- that is the burden of his "kitchen speech" at the end. He simply understands better than she does, at least until the end of the film, that maintaining a relationship and a marriage requires time, work, and attention. That may well be an unwelcome message, but it is not an unwise one.

The comedy of the film comes from their characters' different worlds -- Tracy is a sportswriter and Hepburn an international politics columnist. The drama comes from their different levels of commitment to being a couple. The script delicately and for the most part successfully (with the possible exception of the Greek orphan subplot), balances these two conflicts and the comedy and drama.


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