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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:
February 1942 (USA) See more »
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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 »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Hepburn/Tracy Debut See more (71 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)

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
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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) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #7844)

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Trivia:
One benefit of Katharine Hepburn's relationship with Spencer Tracy was that he got her to change her manner of dealing with the press. During her first years in Hollywood, she had developed a reputation for looking down upon the press and not cooperating with interviewers. In fact, MGM publicity head Howard Strickling had to call in personal favors simply to get reporters to meet with her on the set of Woman of the Year. She repaid him by meeting with reporters on time and submitting to their questions with a minimum of fuss.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first scene in the bar, in which all are listening to the NBC Radio program "Information, Please", the dial of the AM radio on the shelf behind the bar changes location between long shots and close-ups. It is correct in close-up, at 660kHz, one of the broadcast frequencies NBC used in New York City in the 1940s, and at 880kHz in long shots, the frequency of the New York City CBS affiliate.See more »
Quotes:
Sam Craig:[Sam and Tess are both mildly drunk. Tess's head is resting on Sam] There's something I have to get off my chest...
Tess Harding:[starts to get up] I'm too heavy...
Sam Craig:[smiles] No. I love you.
Tess Harding:You do?
Sam Craig:Positive.
Tess Harding:[sighs] That's nice. Even when I'm sober?
Sam Craig:Even when you're brilliant.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Kisses (1991) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Anchors AweighSee more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Hepburn/Tracy Debut, 4 April 2006
Author: evanston_dad from United States

Watching this first pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, it's easy to see why the two became a legendary screen couple (and real-life couple for that matter). They seem perfectly suited for one another, and you can't imagine either of them with anyone else.

But it's hard from a 21st Century sensibility not to be appalled at this WWII-era George Stevens dramedy. Tracy is a sports writer and Hepburn an international reporter for the same newspaper. They meet, marry and fight when she won't abandon her career to settle down into dutiful motherhood. In the end, she gets her comeuppance and realizes that what she wants more than anything is to learn how to separate eggs and make coffee.

Try to forgive it its decidedly un-feminist message though. This came out at a time when the culture was particularly threatened by the idea of women supplanting men in areas traditionally reserved for men, and it wouldn't have been good for soldier morale for men to think women back at home could carry on just fine without them. And at the very end, Tracy does come around and tell Hepburn that he doesn't necessarily want a barefoot and pregnant version of a wife any more than he wants a career-oriented wife who will put her work before her home, but rather wishes she could be something in between. As things play out in the film, this comes as too little too late, but it's a sophisticated attitude for the time and makes the movie much more relevant today, when women are being forced to juggle multiple roles.

Overall I enjoyed this movie, but I thought it was strangely directed by Stevens. I usually enjoy his 40s comedies, but his instincts feel off here. The way he chooses to shoot scenes many times seem in tone to be at odds with what's actually happening in them, so I wasn't always sure what was supposed to be light-hearted and funny and what wasn't. A striking example of this comes in the scene in which Tracy comes back to Hepburn's apartment after their first date. It's supposed to be an erotic and sexually charged scene, but it's shot like a film noir, with Hepburn silhouetted against brightly lit windows and the room in sinister shadow. There's a ponderousness to Stevens' direction that serves as a sneak preview of his prevailing style in the 50s, when he started to make socially "important" movies.

A solidly made but uneven film. If you're expecting a frothy comedy you will be disappointed.

Grade: B+

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