Adam's Rib ★★★★½

Married lawyers Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn are on the opposite sides of a criminal case. Judy Holliday has shot and wounded her husband, Tom Ewell, who she found in the arms of his mistress, Jean Hagen. Tracy, an assistant District Attorney, argues that the law is clear, attempted murder is a crime. Hepburn argues that the “unwritten law”, a defense for men who attack their unfaithful wives, should apply equally to women. In the evening, the contentious proceedings in the courtroom continue into the home life of the lawyers.

A classic battle of the sexes comedy examines the positions taken by both parties and treats them evenhandedly.

Directed by George Cukor, written by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon. Tracy, Hepburn and Judy Holliday are terrific.