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
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In the Supreme Court, there are only eight of them against all of her.
Did You Know?
The character played by Walter Matthau
is based on real-life Justice William O. Douglas
, who was appointed to the Supreme Court at the age of 40. Douglas was one of the great liberals in High Court history who believed so nearly absolutely in the First Amendment protections of free speech that he did not attend screenings of pornographic films (a plot device in the movie) as he believed that the movies or any form of expression could not be censored under the U.S. Constitution. Thus, he did not need to see the film as he was going to automatically vote against censoring it. 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 This is an outdated standard for obscenity which was superseded by the so-called "Miller test" in 1973.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
[the Justices posing for a group photograph
Should we smile a little?
Justice Dan Snow
Good God, no. Who'd trust a happy Justice?
Washington Post March
Music by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by Ian Fraser See more