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First Monday in October (1981)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  21 August 1981 (USA)
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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 <>

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


Comedy | Drama


R | See all certifications »




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21 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

...Kinek a bírónő  »

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The name of the pornographic film was "The Naked Nymphomaniac". This movie, unlike its source stage play, features clips from this fictional adult movie within a movie, which is evidence the Supreme Court is assessing in the film's story. 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 This is an outdated standard for obscenity which was superseded by the so-called "Miller test" in 1973.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 »


Mason Woods: Would you like tea or whiskey?
Justice Dan Snow: Both. No, skip the tea, I don't want to overdo it.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.78 (2009) See more »

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First-Rate, Top Drawer, I Give it an 8!
29 June 1999 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

The dialogue is priceless, and the physical comedy is great too, i.e., Barnard Hughes never says a word as he approaches Matthau's office where Matthau and Clayburgh are in a heated debate; it's a long shot from the office doorway as he approaches, and as soon as he is within earshot, he does a perfect "to the rear, march" without missing a beat!

I agree wholeheartedly with the comments of bato-2 except for the "comedy isn't much" remark. Why such a low rating?

This movie is among the many that I have taped, and I return to it often for "pure enjoyment".

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