''Adam's Rib'' is a 1949 film directed by Creator/GeorgeCukor, starring Creator/KatharineHepburn and Creator/SpencerTracy.

Adam and Amanda Bonner are wealthy married lawyers living in New York, he working for the district attorney's office and she working as a defense attorney. Adam gets assigned as prosecutor to the case of Doris Attinger (Creator/JudyHolliday), a housewife who followed her husband to his mistress's apartment and shot him in the shoulder. Amanda, wishing to prove a point about feminism and the DoubleStandard, gets Doris to hire her as defense attorney, setting up the Bonners as opponents in court. This does great harm to their marriage.

One of [[ThoseTwoActors nine films]] co-starring Tracy and Hepburn.


* AdamAndOrEve: Obvious symbolism in naming the male lead in a battle-of-the-sexes comedy "Adam".
* {{Angrish}}: Adam tends to transpose words or invert the pronunciation of words when frustrated or upset.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The judge makes Lance Ito look like a stern model of jurisprudence, with his decision to tolerate Amanda's ridiculous defense of calling in random women to demonstrate how women are equal to men. And it's not very likely that married couples would be allowed to represent opposite sides of a criminal case.
* ConversationCut: Adam is interviewing Tom and getting some basic facts. His question "Occupation?" leads smoothly into a cut and Doris saying "none", with Amanda correcting her and saying "housewife".
* CourtroomAntic: Amanda's various courtroom stunts, culminating with getting a strongwoman to lift Adam.
* CrocodileTears: The marriage is saved when Adam cries, prompting Amanda to become sympathetic and ignore their differences. Soon he reveals that he was crying on purpose, and makes a point of the fact that it's not just women who are capable of that kind of emotional manipulation.
* DeathByWomanScorned: Doris shoots Tom after catching him with another woman. She doesn't kill him, though.
* DomesticAbuse: Part of the deeply dysfuctional relationship between Doris and Tom. Doris says that Tom once knocked one of her teeth out, and that she knew he was having an affair when he ''stopped'' hitting her. Tom says Doris hit him as well, and had a habit of punching him while he slept.
* DoubleStandard: Amanda goes on a crusade about the Double Standard that holds a husband cheating as no big deal while a wife cheating is unforgivable, specifically to convince the jury that they should give Doris the same amount of sympathy for attacking her husband that they would give ''him'' if Doris had been the adulterer.
* DramaticDrop: Adam drops a whole tray of cocktails when he finds out that Amanda's going up against him in court.
* EffortlessAmazonianLift: As part of her defense strategy to show that women are like men so they should be treated the same, Amanda calls a circus strongwoman to the stand. The strongwoman demonstrates that women can be as strong as men by picking up Adam. Adam is enraged and humiliated.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Features several long shots taken with a static camera. In one scene, when Adam and Amanda are getting ready for a dinner party, the camera remains stationary while they pop in and out of frame, including one instance when ''both'' of them are out of frame. The scene where Amanda interviews Doris is also a long static shot.
* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: As symbolized by differing views on the DoubleStandard and the justifiability of shooting a cheating partner.
* TheMistress: Beryl for Tom, even if you believe Beryl's claim that their romantic rendezvous was the first one.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Amanda takes the "he had it coming" view in regards to Doris shooting Tom.
* ShapedLikeItself
--> '''Beryl''': And then I heard a noise.\\
'''Adam''' What kind of noise?\\
'''Beryl''': Like a sound.
* StrawFeminist: The film stacks the deck against Amanda throughout. She takes the case in part to irritate her husband. She gives the fancy hat he gave her to Doris to use as a courtroom prop. She pulls stunts and embarrasses him in court. She overreacts when he gives her a smack on the butt during a massage. She's the one who flirts with cheating. And Adam proves her OK-to-shoot-cheating-partner posturing hollow when he pulls his stunt with the licorice gun (see below).
* TitleIn: Uses some fancier-than-usual intertitle cards. "That Evening" is the most common caption.
* WeaponForIntimidation: Adam bursts in on Amanda and Kip, brandishing a gun. After a terrified Amanda screams "You have no right to do this!", Adam sticks the gun in his mouth...and takes a bite. It's made of licorice.
* WomenDrivers: Played with. Amanda is driving down a busy street and arguing heatedly with her husband about the DoubleStandard, and suddenly pulls over in front of a cabbie who grumbles about "lady drivers."
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: Sure, a trial like this would probably be news, but not ''that'' big--one newspaper gives up ''the whole front page'' to reporting the trial.
* YourCheatingHeart: Doris catches Tom and Beryl locked in an embrace. Beryl claims that they'd never had an affair before, but even if that's true, they were certainly starting one.
* YoureCuteWhenYoureAngry: Adam Bonner is telling his wife over the phone that he's been assigned to prosecute Doris Attinger for shooting her husband:
-->'''Adam''': The boss wants a quick conviction, and I'm just the little guy who can get it for him--so he says.\\
'''Amanda''': You great big he-men make me sick!\\
'''Adam''': What?\\
'''Amanda''': An outrage, that's what I think!\\
'''Adam''': You're getting awful dramatic...\\
'''Amanda''': Why, why, what's so funny?\\
'''Adam''': Ha, ha, ha--nothing. You just sound cute when you get cause-y.\\
'''Amanda''': Oh-- ''(hangs up)''