ADAM'S RIB
1949, Warner Bros., 101 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

"It’s the hilarious answer to who wears the pants!" The sixth pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy is arguably their funniest, with the two playing happily married attorneys whose domestic bliss is spoiled when they wind up squaring off in court over a woman accused of murdering her husband. Terrific, sharp-tongued script by the real-life husband-wife team of Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin.


GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
1967, Sony Repertory, 108 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer

Matt and Christina Drayton (Hollywood power couple Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) are in for a surprise when daughter Joey (Hepburn's real-life niece Katharine Houghton, in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) brings home her fiancé, black doctor John Wade Prentice (Sidney Poitier). The aging couple's supposedly liberal attitudes are challenged during one dramatic and hilarious day and evening, which culminates in the last-minute arrival of Prentice's parents and an Irish priest for dinner. Nominated for a whopping 10 Oscars, including a win for Best Actress (Hepburn) and Screenplay.


SAN FRANCISCO
1936, Warner Brothers, 115 min, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke

Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Jeanette MacDonald star in this lavish MGM production scripted by Anita Loos, a prime example of the studio system at its finest. An out-of-work singer (MacDonald) and a priest (Tracy) join forces to try to reform saloon owner Gable, but history intervenes in the form of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The spectacular finale is still a wonder to behold.


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