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Adam's Rib (1949)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 November 1949 (USA)
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Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.



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When a woman attempts to kill her uncaring husband, prosecutor Adam Bonner gets the case. Unfortunately for him his wife Amanda (who happens to be a lawyer too) decides to defend the woman in court. Amanda uses everything she can to win the case and Adam gets mad about it. As a result, their perfect marriage is disturbed by everyday quarrels... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <>

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18 November 1949 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The script called for Kip Lurie to write a song about his devotion to Amanda. Garson Kanin wrote a song for the moment, but nobody liked it. When he dared Katharine Hepburn to find a better song, she asked Cole Porter to do it. At the time, the leading lady's name was "Madeleine." Porter turned Hepburn down, saying it was impossible to do a song about a woman with that name. Then he suggested changing her name to Amanda. Eight days later, he presented them with a new song, "Farewell, Amanda." It was actually a re-working of "So Long, Samoa," a song he had written in 1940 and never used. Rather than charge MGM for his services, he asked that they make a large donation to the Red Cross. See more »


When Olympia lifts Adam in court, Kip jumps out of his seat and races forward laughing. In subsequent shots he is alternately standing/sitting. See more »


Amanda Bonner: Nobody died in the evening paper, isn't that nice?
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Farewell, Amanda
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Sung by David Wayne (uncredited), accompanying himself on the piano
Reprised by the voice of Frank Sinatra (uncredited) on the radio
Whistled by Katharine Hepburn (uncredited)
Sung a cappella by Spencer Tracy (uncredited)
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Cheeky magnetic romp saying far more than was thought back in the day.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Adam's Rib turned out to be a delightfully cheeky romp with a kicker sense of humour, all acted out with ease by Spencer Tracy & Katherine Hepburn. I love how the film veers from the courtroom right into their marital home and becomes not just about a battle of wills, but a battle of the sexes as well, much fun watching this famous couple go at each other, both at work and at home. The film benefits greatly from the appearance of the lovely Judy Holliday in her breakthrough role, and it amused me greatly to see David Wayne playing a shifty character as I remember him fondly from the Twilight Zone episode Escape Clause in 1959. 8/10

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