Film Details



ADAM'S RIB
Release Date: 18 Nov 1949
Duration (in mins): 101
Cast:
Spencer Tracy (Adam Bonner)
Katharine Hepburn (Amanda Bonner)
Judy Holliday (Doris Attinger)
Tom Ewell (Warren Attinger)
David Wayne (Kip Lurie)
Jean Hagen (Beryl Caighn)
Hope Emerson (Olympia La Pere)
Eve March (Grace)
Clarence Kolb (Judge Reiser)
Emerson Treacy (Jules Frikke)
Polly Moran (Mrs. McGrath)
Will Wright (Judge Marcasson)
Elizabeth Flournoy (Dr. Margaret Brodeigh)
Janna deLoos (Mary, a maid)
James Nolan (Dave)
David Clarke (Roy)
John Maxwell (Court clerk)
Marvin Kaplan (Court stenographer)
Gracille LaVinder (Police matron)
William Self (Benjamin Klausner)
Paula Raymond (Emerald)
De Forrest Lawrence (Adam's assistant)
John Fell (Adam's assistant)
Sid Dubin (Amanda's assistant)
Harris Brown (Court attendant)
Brick Sullivan (Court attendant)
Will Stanton (Cabbie)
Danny Harvey (Office boy)
Paul Cramer (Stenographer)
Joe Bernard (Mr. Bonner)
Madge Blake (Mrs. Bonner)
Marjorie Wood (Mrs. Marcasson)
Lester Luther (Judge Poynter)
Anna Q. Nilsson (Mrs. Poynter)
Roger Davis (Hurlock)
Nancy Laurents (Photographer)
Ray Walker (Photographer)
Michael Kostrick (Photographer)
Tom Quinn (Photographer)
Dwight Martin (Photographer)
Ralph Montgomery (Photographer)
Louis Mason (Elderly elevator operator)
Rex Evans (Fat man)
Charles Bastin (Young district attorney)
Glen Gallagher (Criminal attorney)
Gil Patric (Criminal attorney)
Harry Cody (Criminal attorney)
George Magrill (Subway guard)
Bert Davidson (Subway guard)
Tom Noonan (Reporter)
Wilson Wood (Reporter)
David McMahon (Reporter)
Dan Quigg (Reporter)
Dick Cogan (Reporter)
Anthony Merrill
Director:
George Cukor (Dir)
Jack Greenwood (Asst dir)
Writer:
Ruth Gordon (Scr)
Garson Kanin (Scr)
Producer:
Lawrence Weingarten (Prod)
Distribution
Company:
Loew's Inc.
Production
Company:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Summary:
Doris Attinger, a mother of three who is fed up with her husband Warren's philandering, arms herself with a gun, follows her husband to his mistress Beryl Caighn's Manhattan apartment and clumsily fires shots at the couple. Beryl manages to escape without injury in the shooting, but Warren is wounded. The following morning, attorney Amanda Bonner reads a sensational newspaper story about the details of the shooting to her husband Adam, an Assistant District Attorney, and an argument over who is at fault ensues. Adam, who is lovingly called Pinky by Amanda, disagrees with the assertion that she, who is called Pinkie by her husband, was acting out of a desire to keep her family intact, and that society uses a double standard between the sexes in infidelity cases. Amanda and Adam are soon afforded the opportunity to argue their differing opinions in a courtroom when Adam is assigned to defend Warren, and Amanda decides to represent Beryl.

Following the first day of a contentious jury selection process, Adam and Amanda return home and settle into their daily routine until Adam tries to persuade Amanda to bow out of the case. Amanda reacts angrily, but their quarrel is interrupted by the arrival of singer Kip Lurie. Kip, a friend of the Bonners, quickly sides with Amanda and leaves after singing a new song he wrote for her entitled "Farewell, Amanda." The trial gets off to an explosive start when Amanda tests her husband's patience, first by calling attention to every prejudicial remark he makes, and then by coaxing his client to admit that he struck his wife and stopped loving her because she got fat.

Later, when Adam tells Amanda that he is ashamed of her, Amanda decides to fight her husband with even greater intensity. Amanda's presentation of the case for the defense includes testimony from a number of female witnesses who are called to the stand to prove Amanda's point that there are many accomplished women in society. When Amanda signals one of the women, a circus performer, to demonstrate her skills on Adam, she does a spectacular series of backflips across the courtroom and then lifts Adam off the floor and over her head.

The trial comes to a close with a verdict in Doris' favor, and Adam appears crushed about the outcome. Adam's reaction troubles Amanda and prompts her to visit Kip seeking comfort and advice. Kip, however, takes advantage of Amanda's vulnerability and makes a pass at her. Adam sees the silhouette of Kip and Amanda's loving embrace waiting on street below, and bursts into Kip's apartment with a gun pointed at both of them. After forcing Amanda to admit that he, like Doris, is wrong to use a gun to try to prove his point, he points the barrel of the gun, which is made of candy, to his mouth and takes a bite out of it. Adam and Amanda soon reconcile, but when Adam tells Amanda that he will be running for the post of County Court Judge on the Repubican ticket, Amanda asks if the Democrat opponent has been chosen yet.