Adam's Rib

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Adam's Rib is a 1949 American film written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin and directed by George Cukor. It stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn and features Judy Holliday in her first substantial film role. The music was composed by Miklós Rózsa, except for the song "Farewell, Amanda", which was written by Cole Porter.

The film was well-received upon its release and is considered a classic romantic comedy.



Prosecutor Adam Bonner (Spencer Tracy) is assigned the case against a woman (Judy Holliday) who tried to scare her adulterous husband (Tom Ewell) and his lover (Jean Hagen) by shooting at them repeatedly, hitting him in the shoulder. Bonner's wife, Amanda (Katharine Hepburn), also a lawyer, decides to defend the woman in court. As the two use every technique they know to win the case, the courtroom tension carries over into the couple's household.



The casting of Judy Holliday in the role of Doris was considered by Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn to be her audition for the chance to re-create on film her Broadway success in Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday. Receiving positive notices for Adam's Rib, Holliday was cast in the 1950 film version of Born Yesterday, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

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