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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 »
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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 »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
Memorable First Tracy-Hepburn Teaming! See more (66 total) »

Cast

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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
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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) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #7844)

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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:
Crew or equipment visible: When Tess gets out of the car as she arrives at her parents' house, she shuts a car door and you can see the reflection of man's legs standing and watching, even though there's no one else in the scene.See more »
Quotes:
Sam Craig:[in front of the airport] Could I drop you someplace, Miss Whitcomb?
Ellen Whitcomb:You can drop that "Miss Whitcomb."
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Trumbo (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Memorable First Tracy-Hepburn Teaming!, 5 September 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

Aside from the historical value of first teaming Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (she had wanted Tracy in the previous year's THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, but scheduling conflicts had prevented it), WOMAN OF THE YEAR holds its own as a bright, smart 'Odd Couple' romantic comedy/drama, with witty dialog, a rich, textured performance by the reliable Tracy, and Hepburn showing a sexiness that she rarely gets to project on film.

The scenario is simple; Beautiful, brilliant Claire Booth Luce-type journalist(Hepburn) and practical, salt-of-the-earth sportswriter (Tracy) clash over whether athletic events should be suspended for the duration of the war (she finds them too frivolous in such serious times, he believes them essential for morale). After she makes some insensitive comments on the radio, he criticizes her in his sports column. Despite the paper-selling feud that results, their editor brings them together to make peace...and the pair, seeing one another in person for the first time, fall in love! Despite their busy schedules, he takes her to a ball game (which she loves) and she introduces him to her international friends (which he doesn't). Nonetheless, they marry, but he quickly discovers she is so busy 'saving the world' that she can't make time for him...and then she 'adopts' a war orphan, without consulting him, or considering how little time for 'motherhood' she's willing to give. He realizes a drastic step must be taken, as she is clueless about what being a 'wife' and 'mother' means...

While the domesticity scene concluding the film seems out of place (the story goes that MGM added it to make Tracy the 'winner' of the 'battle of the sexes', to a much more chauvinistic 40s audience), so many scenes ring true that the film goes beyond simple comedy/drama to a timeless statement about commitment, priorities, and accountability for one's actions. And despite the serious issues raised, it makes you laugh, too! Hepburn's reactions at the ball game, and Tracy, trying to be inconspicuous at the women's club meeting, are among the comic highlights. The star duo are so natural together that it's hard to believe this was their first teaming, and the chemistry carried over into their private lives as well, beginning a romance that lasted 25 years.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR is, deservedly, a classic!

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