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Adam's Rib (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 November 1949 (USA)
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:
Eve March ...
Clarence Kolb ...
Judge Reiser
Emerson Treacy ...
Jules Frikke
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 <makzax@hotmail.com>

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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 Production Code Administration's chief concerns with the film were that the judicial system be treated with proper respect and nothing be done to make the adulterous relationship between Warren and Doris funny. They also cautioned against making Amanda's songwriter friend, Kip, come across as gay. See more »


During the trial, when Adam Bonner is talking to the jury, he makes a few slips of the tongue. You can see Amanda's hand jump to cover her mouth to keep from laughing in several shots, while in other shots her hand is on the table in front of her. See more »


Amanda Bonner: [addressing the court] For years, women have been ridiculed, pampered, chucked under the chin. I ask you, on behalf of us all, be fair to the fair sex.
Adam Bonner: We'll be here a year.
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Opening credits are little curtains that go up and down, on a stage in a performance hall. See more »


Referenced in M*A*S*H: Adam's Ribs (1974) See more »


"Sleepy Time Gal' (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Ange Lorenzo
Lyrics by Ray Egan and Joseph R. Alden
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Adam's Rib (1949) ****
17 February 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn make fireworks in this cute film about a well-to-do married couple who both happen to be lawyers. Hepburn is a die-hard Woman's Rights supporter, so when a ditzy lady is charged with shooting her husband after catching him being unfaithful, Kate decides to take her case and defend her. The trouble is, old-fashioned husband Tracy is already penciled in as the prosecuting attorney. Let the Battle of the Sexes begin!

The script sets up a great opportunity to have Tracy and Hepburn sparring with one another during every phase of the trial, as well as at home every night after they've spent each day trying to outwit each other. As a comedy, there aren't any huge belly-laughs, but it's a charming enough little take on the differences between men and women which also manages to make the point that, in many ways, the sexes aren't really all that different when all is said and done.

**** out of ****

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