Sunday, April 24, 2011

Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib-1949, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
He says-  Smart, sophisticated comedy (by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin) about husband and wife lawyers on opposing sides of the same attempted-murder case.  One of Hollywood's greatest comedies about the battle of the sexes, with peerless Tracy and Hepburn supported by movie newcomers Holiday, Ewell, Hagen, and Wayne.  Cole Porter contributed the song "Farewell, Amanda."  Remade in Bulgaria in 1956 (in this version the heroine rebels against tradition as a result of her conversion to Marxism-Lenninism!).  Later a TV series.  Also shown in computer-colored version.  4 stars.

I say-  Dated.  It's enjoyable, but you can really tell how far film has come.  For instance, in a very early scene, Hepburn is driving and you can tell she's driving against a background screen, and the car is shaking far more than a baby met by a vicious au pair!  Worth watching for the acting, and I can tell that this movie has been stolen from many times.  2 stars.

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