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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 ... 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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Release Date:

February 1942 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial telecast took place in Seattle Thursday 11 October 1956 on KING (Channel 5), followed by Philadelphia Friday 1 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by Altoona PA Saturday 23 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); it first aired in Chicago 1 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 9 September 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 5 March 1959 on KMSP (Channel 9), in San Francisco 11 April 1959 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles 2 August 1959 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

In the kitchen scene Tess (Hepburn) uses a vacuum coffee maker (Cona) to make coffee. But if she had put the coffee in the bottom of the coffee maker and the water in the top, as she is shown to do, it wouldn't have made coffee at all. It might even have exploded. See more »

Quotes

Tess Harding: [In the stands at the ballpark, observing the large crowd in attendance] Are all these people unemployed?
Sam Craig: No, they're all attending their grandmother's funeral.
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A Hepburn/Tracy Debut
4 April 2006 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Watching this first pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, it's easy to see why the two became a legendary screen couple (and real-life couple for that matter). They seem perfectly suited for one another, and you can't imagine either of them with anyone else.

But it's hard from a 21st Century sensibility not to be appalled at this WWII-era George Stevens dramedy. Tracy is a sports writer and Hepburn an international reporter for the same newspaper. They meet, marry and fight when she won't abandon her career to settle down into dutiful motherhood. In the end, she gets her comeuppance and realizes that what she wants more than anything is to learn how to separate eggs and make coffee.

Try to forgive it its decidedly un-feminist message though. This came out at a time when the culture was particularly threatened by the idea of women supplanting men in areas traditionally reserved for men, and it wouldn't have been good for soldier morale for men to think women back at home could carry on just fine without them. And at the very end, Tracy does come around and tell Hepburn that he doesn't necessarily want a barefoot and pregnant version of a wife any more than he wants a career-oriented wife who will put her work before her home, but rather wishes she could be something in between. As things play out in the film, this comes as too little too late, but it's a sophisticated attitude for the time and makes the movie much more relevant today, when women are being forced to juggle multiple roles.

Overall I enjoyed this movie, but I thought it was strangely directed by Stevens. I usually enjoy his 40s comedies, but his instincts feel off here. The way he chooses to shoot scenes many times seem in tone to be at odds with what's actually happening in them, so I wasn't always sure what was supposed to be light-hearted and funny and what wasn't. A striking example of this comes in the scene in which Tracy comes back to Hepburn's apartment after their first date. It's supposed to be an erotic and sexually charged scene, but it's shot like a film noir, with Hepburn silhouetted against brightly lit windows and the room in sinister shadow. There's a ponderousness to Stevens' direction that serves as a sneak preview of his prevailing style in the 50s, when he started to make socially "important" movies.

A solidly made but uneven film. If you're expecting a frothy comedy you will be disappointed.

Grade: B+


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