Adam’s Rib (1949)

90EPISODE # 14:  There were nine films starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, but ADAM’S RIB is arguably the best. Writers Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, friends of the famous couple, wrote the film specifically for them, and Hepburn insisted on her favorite director, George Cukor. The result is a comedy that remains the best “battle of the sexes” film ever made.
In our review, James and Lara get into how watching this film feels like spying on a real-life married couple, as Spencer and Kate talk over each other and are very playful together. We talk about George Cukor’s static camera, the Cole Porter-penned “Goodbye, Amanda” (one of the original earworms), and are joined by actress Jennifer Lynn O’Hara of “A Single Girl’s Guide To…” to discuss the pervasive double standard that women in the entertainment industry experience.

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