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Adam's Rib (1949)

101 min  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance   -  18 November 1949 (USA)
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Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.


George Cukor


Ruth Gordon (screen play), Garson Kanin (screen play)
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Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ...
Katharine Hepburn ...
Judy Holliday ...
Tom Ewell Tom Ewell ...
David Wayne David Wayne ...
Jean Hagen Jean Hagen ...
Hope Emerson Hope Emerson ...
Olympia La Pere
Eve March Eve March ...
Clarence Kolb Clarence Kolb ...
Judge Reiser
Emerson Treacy Emerson Treacy ...
Jules Frikke
Polly Moran Polly Moran ...
Mrs. McGrath
Will Wright ...
Judge Marcasson
Elizabeth Flournoy Elizabeth Flournoy ...
Dr. Margaret Brodeigh


When a woman attempts to kill her uncaring husband, prosecutor Adam Bonner gets the case. Unfortunately for him his wife Amanda (who happens to be a lawyer too) decides to defend the woman in court. Amanda uses everything she can to win the case and Adam gets mad about it. As a result, their perfect marriage is disturbed by everyday quarrels... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <>  

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

Lawyer | Courtroom | Prosecutor | Marriage | Battle Of The Sexes  | See more »


WHO WEARS THE PANTS? (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

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Also Known As:

A Costela de Adão See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Loew's See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the memorable Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn massage scene, a radio plays Frank Sinatra singing Cole Porter's "Farewell, Amanda," a gift to Amanda Bonner (played by Hepburn) from her songwriter-neighbor, Kip Lurie (played by David Wayne) who, earlier in the picture, had crooned the ditty, accompanying himself on the Bonners' piano. While Adam Bonner (played by Tracy) is massaging his wife, he abruptly shuts off the radio. Sinatra is again heard when a record is accidentally started in a later scene. This prerecording of "Farewell, Amanda" is lost. See more »


Continuity: When Adam and Amanda are at their accountant's office, the sign on the outside of the building reads Jules Frick. When they are inside the sign in the window has the correct name Jules Frikke. See more »


Amanda Bonner: Let's all be manly!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are little curtains that go up and down, on a stage in a performance hall. See more »


"You Are My Lucky Star"
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Whistled by Tom Ewell See more »