Adam's Rib Overview:

Adam's Rib (1949) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Lawrence Weingarten.

Adam's Rib was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1992.

Academy Awards 1950 --- Ceremony Number 23 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingRuth Gordon, Garson KaninNominated
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CMBA Spring Blogathon: "Adam's Rib," or Court and Spark

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This is part of the CMBA Spring Blogathon: Words, Words, Words! Check out all entries! SCENE: Upper middle-class New York City apartment, evening. Wife waits patiently by door. Husband enters. Husband: Hello, thing. Wife: Hello at last. Husband: Well well well. Wife: Well well well what? Hu... Read full article


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Adam Bonner: No matter what you think you think, you think the same as I think.


Adam Bonner: First of all, I should like to say that I think the arguments advanced by the counsel for the defense were sound... MERE sound!


Adam Bonner: Ah. Guaranteed heart-melter. A few female tears, stronger than any acid.


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When Tom Ewell is walking to his girlfriend's apartment at the beginning of the film, he is whistling "You Are My Lucky Star". This song is also featured in Singin' in the Rain which stars the same actress who plays Tom Ewell's girlfriend, Jean Hagen.
Inspired by the real-life story of husband-and-wife lawyers William Dwight Whitney and Dorothy Whitney, who represented Raymond Massey and his ex-wife Adrienne Allen in their divorce. After the Massey divorce was over, the Whitneys divorced each other and married the respective Masseys.
In the scene in which Amanda is driving Adam to work, he tells her, "Oh, you're giving me the Bryn Mawr accent". Bryn Mawr College was Katharine Hepburn's alma mater, where she claimed to have gained her distinctive voice.
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Adam's Rib

Released 1949
Inducted 1992
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