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Adam's Rib -- Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy are back together for this classic side-splitting romantic comedy as married lawyers who find themselves on the opposite sides of a murder case.

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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 »
NewsDesk:
(28 articles)
Hepburn Day on TCM: Love, Danger and Drag
 (From Alt Film Guide. 7 August 2015, 4:24 PM, PDT)

Farewell to Hepburn Tomorrow
 (From FilmExperience. 30 December 2014, 10:47 AM, PST)

A Year with Kate: Adam's Rib (1949)
 (From FilmExperience. 25 June 2014, 10:40 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Adam's Rib (1949) **** See more (99 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)
Andrew Marton .... second unit 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:
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 »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Kip is playing his song for Amanda in the Bonner's apartment, his foot is on a foot pedal that raises the dampers, but the sound we hear is quite different.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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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Adam's Rib (1949) ****, 17 February 2005
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

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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