About Adam’s Rib
Tracy and Hepburn define the word “chemistry” as husband and wife lawyers battling each each other at home and in a divorce case allegedly inspired by the amicable divorce of Raymond Massey and his wife (so amicable that the married lawyers happily divorced each other and tied the knot with their clients). Rooted in the screwball comedy tradition, Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon’s script introduced an early feminist slant that took hold in the coming decade. Tracy insisted as usual on top billing, and when asked if he’d ever heard of “ladies first” he replied, “This is a movie, not a lifeboat”. An Adam’s Rib tv spinoff with Ken Howard and Blythe Danner lasted 11 episodes on ABC in 1973.