Monday, April 11, 2011

"Adam's Rib"

One of the best Hepburn/Tracy films is the great "Adam's Rib". This 1949 picture also debuted the adorable Judy Holliday which kicked off her career that would span 20 years.



Judy's husband is a flop and is getting busy with another gal. Judy decides to kill him, scare him, what have you, and buys a gun. She finds him with the "tall job" and fires! Judy's husband is only hurt but she is in need of a lawyer.




Next we meet the Bonner's aka Katarine (Amanda) and Spencer (Adam). They are both lawyers and as it ends up, Kat will defend Judy while Spence is prosecuting her. They both get to work and the fun begins...





The Bonner's obnoxious neighbor, played by David Wayne, has the hots for Kat (even though I get the gay vibe) and Spencer doesn't like it. Tension rises as both lawyers try to win their case.





Katharine is trying to prove that Judy had the right to shoot her husband because he was cheating on her. Spencer is more of a by-the-books man and tries to convice the jury that nobody has the right to try to kill another person.



They fight, they question thier relationship, and in the end they decide if they want to be with each other or not. Plus there is a verdict! There are many fun scenes in this film, one where Spencer attempts to shoot Katharine, and another when they show their party guests some cute home movies. 






Everyone knew how wonderful Judy Holliday was. Katharine even started a rumor that Judy's performance was better than hers and that she was "mad" about it, hoping to get Judy more press. The film was a hit and Judy was quickly chosen to star in her theater role of "Born Yesterday". The rest is history...

3 comments:

Becky said...

The funniest picture in ten years! I love that part!

wacky tacky said...

"Adam's Rib" & "Born Yesterday" are definitely in my top 25!!!! I love Judy Holliday.

Emily said...

I love her too Chris, she is so adorable. I know Becky, a whole ten years since a good one has come out. So funny!