Roanoke’s historic Grandin Theatre presents the classic marital and courtroom comedy “Adam’s Rib” on Saturday September 14. This 1949 gem stars acting titans and favorite on screen couple Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. It is this month’s classic film series offering presented by Friendship Retirement. The movie will screen at 10 a.m. in the main auditorium and admission is free.
Assistant District Attorney Adam Bonner (Tracy) and his attorney wife Amanda (Hepburn) find it impossible not to bring work home with them when they take opposite sides in the same trial. He is prosecuting Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for shooting her philandering husband (Tom Ewell) when finding him with another woman (Jean Hagen). She sympathizes with Doris and becomes her legal counsel. First rate fireworks quickly follow.
The Oscar nominated screenplay was written by three time Oscar nominee Garson Kanin and his wife Ruth Gordon. Gordon also had a laudable acting career and won an Oscar for her inimitable performance in “Rosemary’s Baby.” Their script gave the delightful Judy Holliday her breakout role. She then won the Best Actress Oscar for her next film, “Born Yesterday,” which was adapted from Kanin’s Broadway play.
This was also the breakout film for Tom Ewell who is best remembered for “The Seven Year Itch.” Jean Hagen makes her screen debut here and continued to work in film and on TV until her death in 1977. The great George Cukor (“The Philadelphia Story”) directs and Tracy and Hepburn are at their feisty, fiery and lovable best in this must-see for anyone who loves movies.