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Woman of the Year (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | February 1942 (USA)
Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Ring Lardner Jr. (original screen play), Michael Kanin (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Sam Craig
Katharine Hepburn ... Tess Harding
Fay Bainter ... Ellen Whitcomb
Reginald Owen ... Clayton
Minor Watson ... William J. Harding
William Bendix ... 'Pinkie' Peters
Gladys Blake ... Flo Peters
Dan Tobin ... Gerald Howe
Roscoe Karns ... Phil Whittaker
William Tannen ... Ellis
Ludwig Stössel ... Dr. Lubbeck (as Ludwig Stossel)
Sara Haden ... Matron
Edith Evanson Edith Evanson ... Alma
George Kezas George Kezas ... Chris
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Storyline

Tess and Sam work on the same newspaper and don't like each other very much. At least the first time, because they eventually fall in love and get married. But Tess is a very active woman and one of the most famous feminists in the country; she is even elected as "the woman of the year." Being busy all the time, she forgets how to really be a woman and Sam begins to feel neglected. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

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English | French | Russian | German | Spanish | Greek

Release Date:

February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Despite warnings from her friends, who told her that Spencer Tracy would never leave his wife for another woman, Katharine Hepburn fell in love with her co-star. Out of respect for his wife, whose position in Hollywood had helped with her charitable work for the deaf (the Tracy's son, John, was deaf), Spencer, Kate and the press kept the romance out of the papers. See more »

Goofs

When Sam and Tess are being read their wedding vows, the Justice of the Peace uses the incorrect word "invested" instead of the correct term "vested". See more »

Quotes

Tess Harding: [In the stands at the ballpark, observing the large crowd in attendance] Are all these people unemployed?
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Sparkling Romantic Comedy...
9 April 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

This delight from director George Stevens was the first Tracy/Hepburn collaboration and as we all know by now, they fell in love.

That the film doesn't always portray them as a loving couple is down to their superb acting - they had to act as though they hated each other at times.

Back at the time, during WW2 (film was released in 1942) and with women having more and more general employment, due to the men having been conscripted, many could see possibly a situation where the woman wore the trousers, to coin an outdated expression. We have Ms Hepburn, running here and there - the film starts with press releases telling us that she is interviewing Winston Churchill - she is a very important and much in demand person.

Similar in a way to their later 'Adam's Rib', we have in the other corner, an everyday bloke, set in his ways and here he is someone who has a very male-dominated profession - that of a sports correspondent. Naturally, Tess (Hepburn) who's extremely intelligent and inquisitive, wants to know the ins and outs of baseball. She tries to enter and understand his world.

Naturally, this all causes slight havoc. She's always got her personal assistant hanging round her. She never knows which senior politician is going to phone her up - or when. Then, she is voted "Woman Of the Year". Her fiancé, Sam (Tracy) should be delighted. But isn't. The dreams he had of a normal, happy marriage slips further away from him....

The narrative flow IS a bit lumpy - there are scenes - the final kitchen scene is in real-time and we just let it unfold naturally - but that's what life - and love - is often about. I rather like the way it is broken up by changing tempos and situations, being more natural and as a result, the pair seem very real to us.

Some fans of the two actors believe that this is their best pairing, others think Adam's Rib is. I'm going to go for the second, myself, as it is slightly cleverer and the story is a touch stronger. Never-the- less, this is still extraordinarily good film-making and a fine movie.

I watched the DVD as part of the Tracy/Hepburn 4 disc boxset.


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