ADAM'S RIB (1949) B/W 100m dir: George Cukor
w/Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell, David Wayne, Jean Hagen, Hope Emerson, Eve March, Clarence Kolb, Emerson Treacy
From The Movie Guide: "Delightful, sophisticated comedy sparked by the famous chemistry between Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. When Tracy, an unyielding DA, prosecutes the client of his lawyer-wife Hepburn, in an attempted murder case, it unleashes a battle of the sexes that almost wrecks their happy marriage. The defendant is Holliday (in an outstanding debut which led to her getting the 'dumb blonde' lead in BORN YESTERDAY), who attempted to shoot a woman who was trysting with Holliday's slippery husband (Ewell, very funny here). Hepburn, an advocate of women's rights, is determined to prove that the prosecution's case is a reflection of sexist double standards, and that Holliday's husband would never be tried for the same actions. This rankles the conservative Tracy, and matters are further complicated when foppish David Wayne begins to move in on Hepburn. ... A thoroughly witty, sharply directed, fun film from Cukor, with a sprightly Oscar-nominated script from [Ruth] Gordon and [Garson] Kanin. ADAM'S RIB succeeds brilliantly through a combination of top talents, especially those of Hepburn and Tracy."