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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Complete credited cast:
Hope Emerson ...
Eve March ...
Clarence Kolb ...
Judge Reiser
Emerson Treacy ...
Jules Frikke
Polly Moran ...
Mrs. McGrath
Judge Marcasson
Elizabeth Flournoy ...
Dr. Margaret Brodeigh


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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Man and Wife  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shooting in New York meant that Judy Holliday could continue appearing on Broadway in "Born Yesterday". At times she had to work a 20-hour day to honour her commitments to both projects. When production moved back to Hollywood, however, she had to arrange an early release from her Broadway contract. See more »


When Adam slams the door as he exits their apartment after an argument, he slams the door and the wall shakes. As Amanda slams the door after him in anger, the door frame can be seen to be coming apart, revealing that it is a set, not a real apartment. See more »


Amanda Bonner: Mr. Attinger had never touched you before this time?
Beryl Caighn: Sure
Amanda Bonner: Ahh!
Beryl Caighn: We used to shake hands quite a lot.
Amanda Bonner: I see. Did you enjoy it?
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Opening credits are little curtains that go up and down, on a stage in a performance hall. See more »


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Mrs. Marcasson
Music by Harold Gelman
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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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