Woman of the Year (1942)


“[In the stands at the ballpark, observing the large crowd in attendance] Are all these people unemployed?”  – Tess Harding

“No, they’re all attending their grandmother’s funeral.” – Sam Craig

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two reporters; a sportswriter and an international correspondent meet and fall in love but can their marriage survive their very different lifestyles?

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard of before coming across it during my quest to watch all Oscar nominated films for performances.

This movie has a really fun premise that works exceptionally well largely due to the exquisite performances by Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

THe two characters in the film both live their lives and are at the tops of their professions yet the way that they both got to those places were with completely different attitudes and tactics.

The relationship between these characters is the epitome of the phrase “opposites attract” and it works really well throughout.

Hepburn was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film which shows many aspects of the feminist view which was a perspective that was present at the time yet wasn’t a very vocal theme during the 1940’s.

The characters have great debates about so many intriguing subjects that range from baseball, to cooking to international refuges during the War and it’s not much of a surprise that this film’s screenplay won an Oscar that year because it works so well.

The banter between these characters is so much fun to watch.

Bottom Line – Fun film that works really well due to the great chemistry between Hepburn and Tracy. The way that these two characters handle their jobs and life so very differently lets the story move along in a very enjoyable fashion because we get to see the way that opposites can attract.  Hepburn was deservingly nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress for her work in this film and really does a wonderful job with this role because it shows much of the feminist standpoint from the time which was well ahead of its time because it wasn’t stated so outright in the 1940’s even though it was definitely a theme that was there.  The banter between these characters is so much fun to watch and it’s not a surprise that this film’s screenplay went on to win an Oscar that year. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first scene shot was the characters’ first date, in a bar. Katharine Hepburn was so nervous she spilled her drink, but Spencer Tracy just handed her a handkerchief and kept going. Hepburn proceeded to clean up the spill as they played the scene. When the drink dripped through to the floor, she tried to throw Tracy off by going under the table, but he stayed in character, with the cameras rolling the entire time. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Woman of the Year (1942)

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