Adam’s Rib (1949)

DailyView: Day 69, Movie 120

One of the movies that is heading off HBO Max this month is this black and white comedic classic from 1949. Adam’s Rib stars two of Hollywood’s gigantic stars, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in a early day of the sexual revolution.

Adam Bonner (Spencer Tracy) and Amanda Bonner (Katharine Hepburn) are a happily married couple and they are both lawyers. When a case of an unhappy wife (Judy Holliday) trying to shoot her adulterous and uncaring husband (Tom Ewell) come up, Adam becomes the prosecutor, and Amanda, seeing a case that could forward her ideas on equality of the sexes, takes the defense. As the trial becomes competitive, cracks begin to form in the marriage between the lawyers.

Tracy and Hepburn are great here. They are funny, engaging and filled with chemistry. They were a real life couple in one of the worst hidden secrets in Hollywood at the time. You can tell how strong of the feelings there are between them and it surely transfers to the screen. The movie is absolutely carried by the pair of them.

Having said that, I did have some issues with the trial in the movie. There were a lot of the witnesses that were called that did not seem to have anything to do with the case at hand. I know it was done as comedy, but some of the things from the trial did pull me out of the movie.

This movie did feel ahead of its time and does a great job showing how both similar and different men and women can be.

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