Review: ‘Woman of the Year’

Woman of the Year is an entertaining film with superb work by Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. There are very few palms due writers Ring Lardner Jr and Michael Kanin, who reputedly received the sum of $100,000 for the original screenplay. Director George Stevens likewise merits small praise.

Woman of the Year is an entertaining film with superb work by Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. There are very few palms due writers Ring Lardner Jr and Michael Kanin, who reputedly received the sum of $100,000 for the original screenplay. Director George Stevens likewise merits small praise.

Lardner and Kanin had an amusing starting point – a sports writer and a young and beautiful counterpart of Dorothy Thompson spatting, then falling in love and marrying – but wend it tortuously through every hackneyed and expected plot device without a surprise at any turn. Director Stevens lets it get out of hand completely with minutes on end devoted to a few tired situation gags. Picture runs 112 minutes and frequently seems every moment of that. Tracy and Hepburn go a long way toward pulling the chestnut out of the fire.

1942: Best Original Screenplay.

Nomination: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn)

Woman of the Year

Production

M-G-M. Director George Stevens; Producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Screenplay Ring Lardner Jr, Michael Kanin; Camera Joseph Ruttenberg; Editor Frank Sullivan; Music Franz Waxman; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 112 MIN.

With

Spencer Tracy Katharine Hepburn Fay Bainter Reginald Owen William Bendix Dan Tobin

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