November 19, 1949 [Adam's Rib]
There's a Thurber cartoon: Husband and wife in bedroom, husband sound asleep, pleasant smile on his face, sitting up, pointing his finger at his startled wife and saying those simple little words, "Bang! Bang! Bang!" Adam's Rib tells us (a) not to to be so surprised and (b) tit for tat. And while Hepburn's Amanda turns the courtroom into a literal circus, I'm not sure Tracy's Adam understands her—oh, he knows how to cry on cue, turning tables and so on. But there is something smug in Adam's certainty—and something heroic in Amanda's desperate maneuvers in the face of gum-drop gun-play.