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First Monday in October (1981)

For the first time in history a woman is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she becomes a friendly rival to a liberal associate.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Snow
Ruth Loomis
Chief Justice James Jefferson Crawford
Christine Snow
James Stephens ...
Mason Woods
Joshua Bryant ...
Bill Russell
Wiley Harker ...
Justice Harold Webb
F.J. O'Neil ...
Justice Waldo Thompson
Charles Lampkin ...
Justice Josiah Clewes
Lew Palter ...
Justice Benjamin Halperin
Richard McMurray ...
Justice Richard Carey
Herb Vigran ...
Justice Ambrose Quincy
Edmund Stoiber ...
Committee Chairman
Nebraska Attorney
Richard McKenzie ...
Hostile Senator


Ruth Loomis becomes the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. A staunch conservative, she immediately runs into conflict with Dan Snow, the high court's resident liberal. Although, they never agree on the issues before the Court, they develop a respect and affection for one another after several comedic encounters. Written by Dave Gan <longbow@bigfoot.com>

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In the Supreme Court, there are only eight of them against all of her.


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21 August 1981 (USA)  »

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...Kinek a bírónő  »

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Star Billing: Walter Matthau (1st), Jill Clayburgh (2nd), Barnard Hughes (3rd), Jan Sterling (4th) and James Stephens (5th). See more »


Justice Loomis views a pornographic film to decide it it has "redeeming social or artistic importance". This is an outdated standard for obscenity which was superseded by the so-called "Miller test" in 1973. See more »


Justice Dan Snow: I don't care how you seat them, try chairs.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.23 (2009) See more »


Washington Post March
Music by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by Ian Fraser
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This is how it should be....!
24 November 2001 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

You have to hand it to Walter Matthau, the older he gets, the more feisty his characters become!!

This is a sorely underappreciated minor gem with two brilliant performances from Matthau and Clayburgh. Their chemistry is wonderful. All in all the film is clever, funny, original, and down right fun!!!

If you happen to find this film at your local video store, check it out...its well worth discovering!

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