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Adam's Rib
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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 »
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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:
Classic 'Battle of the Sexes' is a Sheer Joy! See more (96 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:
Marvin Kaplan's film debut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Doris is waiting for her husband to come out of work, she drops the newspaper she is holding. In front shots she still holds it. In side and rear shots she isn't.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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Soundtrack:
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34 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Classic 'Battle of the Sexes' is a Sheer Joy!, 17 August 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

'Adam's Rib' is arguably the greatest Tracy-Hepburn film, and is certainly the most popular of their teamings. Brightly written (by the husband and wife team of Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin), it takes the premise of a wife (the sparkling Judy Holliday, in her film debut) on trial for shooting her unfaithful husband (Tom Ewell, establishing himself in the kind of role he'd reprise in The Seven-Year Itch), and turns it into a forum of the sexual values and standards of the 1940s, and a showcase for the fabulous Tracy and Hepburn, who were were never better than as the battling D.A. and defense attorney. In the courtroom and out, the love they share, and tweaking of each other's egos is a sheer joy to watch. That the story is also a knowing commentary about women's inequality under the law makes the film even more topical today, and doesn't reduce the film's enjoyment value at all. It is a VERY funny film, and can be enjoyed at MANY levels!

In addition to Holliday and Ewell, the supporting cast includes the terrific David Wayne as a smarmy songwriter-neighbor who covets Hepburn, and 'writes' the ditty 'Goodbye, Amanda' for her (actually composed by Cole Porter, Hepburn's character's name in the film was changed to Amanda, to fit the song!)

Among the many wonderful scenes of the film are the 'home movie', which accurately reflected much of Tracy and Hepburn's own relationship; the infamous massage scene ("I know a slap...!"); the circus 'Strong Woman', demonstrating that women can be as physically powerful as men by lifting the panicking Tracy over her head easily (in the middle of the courtroom!); the infamous licorice-gun confrontation as Tracy confronts Hepburn with Wayne; and Tracy's crying-on-demand revelation.

'Adam's Rib' is a film which never seems to age, but just gets better and better!

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