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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"I Love Licorice" See more (92 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)
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)
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)
Marjorie Wood ... Mrs. Marcasson (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Reporter (uncredited)
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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
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:
The movie's line "Licorice, mmmm. If there's anything I'm a sucker for, it's licorice." was voted as the #60 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Adam confronts Amanda and Kip in his apartment with the licorice gun, the handkerchief in his suit pocket keeps changing lengths between shots.See more »
Quotes:
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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Farewell, AmandaSee more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
"I Love Licorice", 6 November 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Feminist attorney Katharine Hepburn has a new cause. She freely admits to doing a bit of ambulance chasing to get the case of Judy Holliday who shot her husband Tom Ewell after catching him in a love nest with floozy Jean Hagen.

Problem is that of all the cases that he could have been assigned, Spencer Tracy, Hepburn's husband and assistant District Attorney, he got assigned to prosecute Holiday. I guess Spence felt a little of what Bogey felt when Ingrid Bergman came back into his life in Casablanca.

Men down through the ages have certainly had the right to shoot the lovers of their wives when caught, why not women argues Hepburn. The case gets quite a bit of notoriety and of course it puts a strain on the marriage.

But the plot is sure the right vehicle for a lot of great lines and situations. This is Spence and Kate at their very best. Of the comedies they did, this is my favorite, just like State of the Union is my favorite among the more serious films.

Probably Adam's Rib's best known scene is when defense witness Hope Emerson picks up Spencer Tracy in a visual attempt to show feminine prowess and power. Even after seeing it several times you still will laugh yourself silly.

For Adam's Rib, George Cukor denuded Broadway of stars to play in support of Tracy and Hepburn. Making film debuts were David Wayne, Tom Ewell, Judy Holliday, and Jean Hagen.

Wayne is particularly funny and if Adam's Rib was made today, he'd certainly be more explicitly gay. He's the next door neighbor of Spence and Kate and some of the cracks Tracy aims in his direction would be considered downright homophobic. But let's face it, Wayne is an obnoxious scamp and that bit of vengeance that Tracy wreaks upon him and Hepburn in the climax involving licorice is a great cinematic moment.

Adam's Rib is Tracy and Hepburn at the very top of their game and I think folks who are not necessarily fans of their's would be amused.

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