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Woman of the Year -- Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn make their first feature film appearance together in this classic Oscar-winning romantic comedy about a marriage between two.
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:
Katharine Hepburn was the woman of every year. See more (67 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
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) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #7844)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Both Connie Gilchrist and Grant Withers (as Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap) are in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but were not seen in the final print.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:[attending a baseball game] You mean our paper sends two people to cover the game?
Phil Whittaker:No, I cover the game, he just kicks it around in his column.
Tess Harding:We've got only one man at Vichy...
Sam Craig:Vichy, are they still in the league?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin (1994) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Anchors AweighSee more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Katharine Hepburn was the woman of every year., 13 July 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

In their first of nine co-star rings, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy play Tess Harding and Sam Craig, reporters at a newspaper who get married. Naturally, Sam assumes that Tess will "settle down" and just be a wife, but she is very independent, with events to cover all over the world. They sort of forget that they're married.

You just can't beat a pairing like Tracy and Hepburn. "Woman of the Year" moves along like a...I can't even come up with a good comparison, but I basically mean that it's very brisk. It's impossible not to like this movie. You would have to be a full-scale sourpuss not to like this movie. A comedy classic.

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