Did the “Battle of the Sexes” exist in 1949? One wouldn’t think so, given the rosy image of family togetherness that prevailed in the 1950’s. Yet “Adam’s Rib” dives right into those shark-infested waters.
Was there chemistry between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn? The real-life couple here portrays husband-and-wife lawyers, battling over a case in which a jealous but seemingly incompetent woman is accused of trying to murder her husband.
Tracy is the prosecutor, Hepburn the defense lawyer, and they bring their courtroom battles back home with them, dramatically but comically disrupting their idyllic home life. Judy Holliday (“Born Yesterday”) plays the accused woman on trial, bringing hilarious poignancy as only she could.
The Oscar-winning script, written by husband-and-wife team Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, crackles with wit but never lets us forget that this isn’t just a battle over equality but also a love story.
Tracy and Hepburn were never better, and this is a film not to be missed.
The showing is on Thursday, November 8, at 7pm. All seats are $8. Getting to the theater early is always a good idea-for a choice of seating and to order freshly-made food and drinks. You are strongly advised to buy tickets in advance at the box office or online.