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Woman of the Year -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Ring Lardner Jr. (original screen play) and
Michael Kanin (original screen play)
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Release Date:
19 January 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The picture of the year!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"Don't Worry, I'll Cut You Down to Size." See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Sam Craig

Katharine Hepburn ... Tess Harding
Fay Bainter ... Ellen Whitcomb

Reginald Owen ... Clayton
Minor Watson ... William J. Harding

William Bendix ... 'Pinkie' Peters
Gladys Blake ... Flo Peters
Dan Tobin ... Gerald Howe

Roscoe Karns ... Phil Whittaker
William Tannen ... Ellis
Ludwig Stössel ... Dr. Lubbeck (as Ludwig Stossel)
Sara Haden ... Matron
Edith Evanson ... Alma
George Kezas ... Chris
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Ames ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Herbert Ashley ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Dorothy Ates ... Phone Girl (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Clayton's Secretary (uncredited)
John Berkes ... Pal (uncredited)
Symona Boniface ... Tess' Party Guest (uncredited)
Elfriede Borodin ... Leni (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Baseball Spectator Behind Tess (uncredited)
Ruth Cherrington ... Foreigner (uncredited)
Ann Codee ... Madame Sylvia (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Reporter at Bar (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Joe the Bartender (uncredited)
Floyd Criswell ... Policeman (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Justice of the Peace's Wife (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Foreigner (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Yugoslav Consul's Wife (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Door Attendant (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Chairlady (uncredited)
Carey Harrison ... Spaniard (uncredited)
William Holmes ... Man at Banquet (uncredited)
Bobby Larson ... Dickie Dunlap (uncredited)
Ben Lessy ... Punchy (uncredited)
Murdock MacQuarrie ... Head Copy Reader (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Adolph (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Mug (uncredited)

Gerald Mohr ... Radio Emcee (voice) (uncredited)
Amber Norman ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Sergio Orta ... Mr. Yes (uncredited)
George Ovey ... Little Sports Reporter (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Referee (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Mug (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Mr. Harding's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Spaniard (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Marcus P. Calverton - Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Pinkie's Listener in Bar (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Mug (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Red Face (uncredited)
Eddie Lou Simms ... Champ (uncredited)
Walter O. Stahl ... Yugoslav Consul (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Cabby (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Married Sports Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Mug (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Russian Guest (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Lubbeck's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Duke York ... Football Player (uncredited)
Joe Yule ... Building Superintendent (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Stevens 
 
Writing credits
Ring Lardner Jr. (original screen play) and
Michael Kanin (original screen play)

John Lee Mahin  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Randall Duell .... associate art director
Robert McKnight .... sculpture: Katharine Hepburn's bust (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
114 min
Country:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Germany:6 | New Zealand:PG | Sweden:Btl (cut) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #7844)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Katharine Hepburn speaks six different languages in this film. They are English, French, Spanish, Russian, German and Greek.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Sam and Tess meet, he crumples the paper he is holding and drops it into an ash can. When it falls into the can, it is not wadded up.See more »
Quotes:
Tess Harding:Sam, why can't we sit down like adults and patch this thing up?
Sam Craig:I'm afraid that might become a habit. Then we'd wind up with a patchwork quilt for a marriage.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin (1994) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
"Don't Worry, I'll Cut You Down to Size.", 27 October 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Legend has it that Spencer Tracy said he would cut Katharine Hepburn down to size when upon meeting her in heels for the first time on the set of Woman of the Year.

I think that's what the authors of the screenplay Michael Kanin and Ring Lardner, Jr., had in mind in the script as well. As mismatched a pair if there ever were, he a down to earth sports columnist and she a world famous news reporter and commentator, fall in love.

As her celebrity is much wider known than his, Hepburn expects to have it all her own way. The rest of the film is concerned with their efforts to adjust to each other.

Katharine Hepburn's character is based on liberal radio commentator and reporter Dorothy Thompson. Not surprising that no one has mentioned that yet in all the reviews so far. The giveaway is Tracy first hearing her voice on the radio while in his favorite sports bar on Information Please where Thompson was a guest. Her career petered out after World War II, so she's not known to today's audience.

Writers Kanin and Lardner had as a model for the Tracy character Lardner's own father. Ring Lardner was one the celebrated sports writers of the first half of the 20th century, a great reporter and humorist. While Tracy is not as witty as Ring Lardner, he is definitely as down to earth.

My favorite scene is Spencer Tracy trying to feel comfortable at an international gathering at her place, looking even for people who speak English. Of course she's equally as uncomfortable at William Bendix's bar where Tracy likes to hang out.

Hepburn, comfortable in her celebrity, just sails through life, getting awards here and there. When she thinks of a Greek orphan kid she gets pressured into taking in as another award, that's when Tracy puts his foot down.

Based on some real celebrities, Tracy and Hepburn become those celebrities in the flesh. It's an awesome debut for what turned out to be a great screen team.

Look for fine performances by William Bendix, Fay Bainter, Minor Watson and Dan Tobin. Kanin and Lardner copped the film's only Oscar for an original screenplay. Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress, but lost to Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver.

If Woman of the Year were remade today, the producers might consider making the woman the sports reporter. Seeing Jeannie Zelasko covering the World Series this year, I'm sure it would work very well.

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