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Director:
Writers:
Ruth Gordon (screen play) and
Garson Kanin (screen play)
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Release Date:
18 November 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It Will Tickle Your Funny Bone ! See more »
Plot:
Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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(27 articles)
User Reviews:
Pleasant mid century skirmish in the sexual wars See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Adam Bonner

Katharine Hepburn ... Amanda Bonner

Judy Holliday ... Doris Attinger

Tom Ewell ... Warren Attinger

David Wayne ... Kip Lurie

Jean Hagen ... Beryl Caighn
Hope Emerson ... Olympia La Pere
Eve March ... Grace
Clarence Kolb ... Judge Reiser
Emerson Treacy ... Jules Frikke
Polly Moran ... Mrs. McGrath

Will Wright ... Judge Marcasson
Elizabeth Flournoy ... Dr. Margaret Brodeigh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bonnie Bannon ... Woman in Courtroom (uncredited)
Charles Bastin ... Young District Attorney (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Mr. Bonner - Adam's Father (uncredited)
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Bonner - Adam's Mother (uncredited)
Harris Brown ... Court Attendant (uncredited)

David Clarke ... Roy (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Criminal Attorney (uncredited)
Dick Cogan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Cramer ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Subway Guard (uncredited)
Roger Davis ... Paul Hurlock (uncredited)
Janna DeLoos ... Mary - Maid (uncredited)
Sidney Dubin ... Bobby - Amanda's Assistant (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Fat Man in Elevator (uncredited)
John Fell ... Adam's Assistant (uncredited)
Norman Field ... Courtroom Bailiff (uncredited)
Glen Gallagher ... Criminal Attorney (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Danny Harvey ... Office Boy (uncredited)

Marvin Kaplan ... Court Stenographer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man in Courtroom (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Photographer (uncredited)
Nancy Laurents ... Photographer (uncredited)
Gracille LaVinder ... Police Matron (uncredited)
DeForrest Lawrence ... Adam's Assistant (uncredited)
Gustave Lax ... Juror (uncredited)
Lester Luther ... Judge Poynter (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Subway Conductor (uncredited)
Dwight Martin ... Photographer (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Louie - Elevator Operator (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Court Clerk (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Reporter (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Juror (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Photographer (uncredited)

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Mrs. Poynter (uncredited)
James Nolan ... Dave (uncredited)

Tommy Noonan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Gil Patric ... Criminal Attorney (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Man in Courtroom (uncredited)
Dan Quigg ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Photographer (uncredited)
Paula Raymond ... Emerald - Kip's Girlfriend (uncredited)
William Self ... Benjamin Klausner - Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Courtroom Extra (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Photographer (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Juror (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood ... Mrs. Marcasson (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Ruth Gordon (screen play) and
Garson Kanin (screen play)

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Boemler (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
William Ferrari 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
 
Production Management
Charles Levin .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Greenwood .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Henry Grace .... associate set decorator (as Henry W. Grace)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Douglas Shearer .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Walter Plunkett .... costumes: Miss Hepburn
 
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Bassman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (alternate rating) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1951) | New Zealand:PG | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14039)
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Trivia:
Inspired by the real-life story of husband-and-wife lawyers William Dwight Whitney and Dorothy Whitney, who represented Raymond Massey and his ex-wife Adrienne Allen in their divorce. After the Massey divorce was over, the Whitneys divorced each other and married the respective Masseys.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Adam Bonner:What are ya? Sore about a little slap?
Amanda Bonner:No.
Adam Bonner:Well, what then?
Amanda Bonner:[outraged] You meant that, didn't you? You really meant that.
Adam Bonner:Why, no, I...
Amanda Bonner:Yes, you did. I can tell. I know your type. I know a slap from a slug.
Adam Bonner:Well, OK, OK.
Amanda Bonner:I'm not so sure it is. I'm not so sure I care to expose myself to typical instinctive masculine brutality.
Adam Bonner:Oh come now.
Amanda Bonner:And it felt not only as though you meant it, but as though you felt you had a right to. I can tell.
[...]
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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Pleasant mid century skirmish in the sexual wars, 26 January 2000
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

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Two New York lawyers, husband Adam Bonner (Spencer Tracy) and wife Amanda Bonner (Katharine Hepburn), work out the marital tension and fight the sexual wars in the courtroom on opposite sides of a wife (Judy Holliday) shoots cheating husband (Tom Ewell) case. Adam's masculinity is seemingly challenged and his sense of justice offended by his wife's insistence on showing how smart she is while furthering her feminist agenda at the expense of the law. Will their public confrontation destroy their marriage, or will it ultimately make the bond stronger?

This still plays mainly because of the charisma of Hepburn and Tracy and the fine chemistry they create together. The script by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon is shallow and profound by turns, yet ultimately witty and pleasing. Judy Holliday as the lower middle-class Doris Attinger (on her way to her signature role in Born Yesterday (1950)) and David Wayne, as the song-writing neighbor who adores Amanda, shine in supporting roles. George Cukor's direction is clear, crisp and always focused. In the end we can see that Adam can be as feminine as Amanda can be masculine. The bit where Tracy cries real tears to win her back and then tells her, "We all have our tricks" is classic. It's his clever answer to her outrageous courtroom theatrics. Memorable as it illuminates their contrasting personalities is the early scene where the unsophisticated Doris is interviewed by Yale law school grad Amanda.

As a political movie, was Adam's Rib ahead of its time as a vehicle for feminist expression, or was it just another apology for male chauvinism, or was it balanced and fair? I'll give you a hint: the title is ironic. One of the things that made the Tracy/Hepburn romance work so well for so long was the creative balance they maintained in the battle of the sexes. The script by Kanin and Gordon carefully continues that profoundly true equilibrium.

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