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NEW 2020 1080p master from 4K scan of best surviving archival elements!<br />
WITHOUT LOVE (1945)<br />
Run Time 110:00<br />
Subtitles English SDH<br />
Audio Specs DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 &#8211; English, MONO &#8211; English<br />
Aspect Ratio 1.37:1; 4X3 FULL FRAME<br />
Product Color BLACK &amp; WHITE<br />
Disc Configuration BD 50

Every rental is rented, every sublet is let in crowded Washington, D.C. So Jamie Rowan does her part for the wartime lodging crunch by sharing her home with military inventor Pat Jamieson. There are a few conditions, natch. First, for appearances, they must get married. Second, there’s plenty of room for each other&#8230;but no room for love. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn team for the third time in Without Love, played for laughs and, above all, with love. Donald Ogden Stewart adapts Philip Barry’s play (five years earlier, both helped shape Hepburn’s comeback movie, The Philadelphia Story).

Special Features: Vintage Crime Does Not Pay short &#8220;Purity Squad&#8221;; Classic Cartoon &#8220;Swing Shift Cinderella; Theatrical Trailer (HD)

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Better than "Adam's:eek: Rib"? Okay

Here is the trailer.

I didn't say "Without Love" was Hepburn and Tracy's "best"; I said it was my favorite. It's incompetently directed; the pacing runs hot and cold, and whenever the diierctor tries for some nifty visual effect, usually focused on the subsidiary characters, he falls flat on his face and has to scramble to get back the central relationship. But it doesn't matter. Hepburn and Tracy are perfect together, Philip Barry's lines are marvelous, and the whole film exudes a warm glow.

If I were to pick Heburn and Tracy's best, it would probably be "Keeper of the Flame". "Adam's Rib", on the other hand...many people who are supposedly arbiters of all things cinematic say it's a masterpiece. I don't agree. I think the film is cruel and dismissive towards its characters; the relationships and conflicts are continually pushed towards such extremes there's no sense of humanity or tenderness whatsoever. Everybody gets gutted. There's no one to relate to. The characters are all harsh and unlikable, and in my opinion, unfunny. For me, watching the film was a painful experience. And what's worse, neither the characters nor the viewer seems to learn anything from this struggle. It's all held up to ridicule. Men, women, marriage, etc. I know it's supposed to be a satire, but it seems to me in order to really make a good satire you have to love your characters while revealing their foibles, and the only emotion I got from "Adam's Rib was hatred. Compare "Adam's Rib" to what I consider Cukor's greatest film "The Marrying Kind." Same director. Same screenwriters. And two of the same lead cast members: Judy Holiday and Aldo Ray. But where I think "Adam's Rib is mean, "The Marrying Kind" is tender, Because the characters aren't types the filmmakers make fun of, they're human beings. Because of that, "The Marrying Kind" is a lot funnier, because the situations are real, not predetermined, and we can see ourselves doing the same things.
 

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I didn't say "Without Love" was Hepburn and Tracy's "best"; I said it was my favorite. It's incompetently directed; the pacing runs hot and cold, and whenever the diierctor tries for some nifty visual effect, usually focused on the subsidiary characters, he falls flat on his face and has to scramble to get back the central relationship. But it doesn't matter. Hepburn and Tracy are perfect together, Philip Barry's lines are marvelous, and the whole film exudes a warm glow.

If I were to pick Heburn and Tracy's best, it would probably be "Keeper of the Flame". "Adam's Rib", on the other hand...many people who are supposedly arbiters of all things cinematic say it's a masterpiece. I don't agree. I think the film is cruel and dismissive towards its characters; the relationships and conflicts are continually pushed towards such extremes there's no sense of humanity or tenderness whatsoever. Everybody gets gutted. There's no one to relate to. The characters are all harsh and unlikable, and in my opinion, unfunny. For me, watching the film was a painful experience. And what's worse, neither the characters nor the viewer seems to learn anything from this struggle. It's all held up to ridicule. Men, women, marriage, etc. I know it's supposed to be a satire, but it seems to me in order to really make a good satire you have to love your characters while revealing their foibles, and the only emotion I got from "Adam's Rib was hatred. Compare "Adam's Rib" to what I consider Cukor's greatest film "The Marrying Kind." Same director. Same screenwriters. And two of the same lead cast members: Judy Holiday and Aldo Ray. But where I think "Adam's Rib is mean, "The Marrying Kind" is tender, Because the characters aren't types the filmmakers make fun of, they're human beings. Because of that, "The Marrying Kind" is a lot funnier, because the situations are real, not predetermined, and we can see ourselves doing the same things.
What? Harold S. Bucquet and incompetent director? You must be kidding! A jewel in MGM's crown and you know it! Didn't you learn anything at NYU film school when you took a dedicated course on Bucquet as auteur? Shame, sir, shame, that's all I can say to you. Send your diploma back!
 

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What? Harold S. Bucquet and incompetent director? You must be kidding! A jewel in MGM's crown and you know it! Didn't you learn anything at NYU film school when you took a dedicated course on Bucquet as auteur? Shame, sir, shame, that's all I can say to you. Send your diploma back!
Jose, somehow I missed that symposium at NYU on Mr. Bucquet. Though I do seem to recall an essay by Pauline Kael extolling "Dragon Seed" because of Mr. Bucquet's "lack of personal style that confers upon the film a seriousness of purpose that mere entertainers such as Alfred Hitchcock must envy."
 
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Jose, somehow I missed that symposium at NYU on Mr. Bucquet. Though I do seem to recall an essay by Pauline Kael extolling "Dragon Seed" because of Mr. Bucquet's "lack of personal style that confers upon the film a seriousness of purpose that mere entertainers such as Alfred Hitchcock must envy."
Poor Mr. Bucquet: to be given the kiss of death by that most overrated of critics.
 

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"Adam's Rib", on the other hand...many people who are supposedly arbiters of all things cinematic say it's a masterpiece. I don't agree. I think the film is cruel and dismissive towards its characters; the relationships and conflicts are continually pushed towards such extremes there's no sense of humanity or tenderness whatsoever. Everybody gets gutted. There's no one to relate to. The characters are all harsh and unlikable, and in my opinion, unfunny.
but that APARTMENT!!!! (sigh)
 
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but that APARTMENT!!!! (sigh)
And the clothes, cinematography and MGM gloss but God do I hate it. Maybe it's necessary to go through a divorce to see the brutality and cynicism and dishonesty that lies under the surface of all that glamour and eye-catching sheen. And the performances are all one note: Hepburn is so stiff, I expect they needed a crowbar to detach her from the chair she sits in after every take, Tracy is stolid, as if he's really somewhere else, and has no idea what's going on around him, Judy Holiday (whom I adore) is shriller than Daffy Duck, and Aldo Ray a combination of clueless and turgid. How could these people ever live together as couples, for they display no emotions towards one another other than the need to win? But yeah, it looks great. That's MGM for ya.
 

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And the clothes, cinematography and MGM gloss but God do I hate it. Maybe it's necessary to go through a divorce to see the brutality and cynicism and dishonesty that lies under the surface of all that glamour and eye-catching sheen. And the performances are all one note: Hepburn is so stiff, I expect they needed a crowbar to detach her from the chair she sits in after every take, Tracy is stolid, as if he's really somewhere else, and has no idea what's going on around him, Judy Holiday (whom I adore) is shriller than Daffy Duck, and Aldo Ray a combination of clueless and turgid. How could these people ever live together as couples, for they display no emotions towards one another other than the need to win? But yeah, it looks great. That's MGM for ya.
Are you talking about Adam's Rib? Aldo Ray isn't in that. Maybe you're referring to Tom Ewell (the cheating husband) or David Wayne (the effete neighbor)? At any rate, I don't see any of these criticisms you're lobbing about, but you're certainly entitled to your opinion.
 
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Are you talking about Adam's Rib? Aldo Ray isn't in that. Maybe you're referring to Tom Ewell (the cheating husband) or David Wayne (the effete neighbor)? At any rate, I don't see any of these criticisms you're lobbing about, but you're certainly entitled to your opinion.
Yeah, I was talking about "ADAM'S RIB." I saw it when I was going through a divorce and it traumatized me. It was probably the situation I was in that colored my view, but it doesn't work for me. I know most people love it. Somehow I had never gotten around to seeing ADAM'S RIB and I cleatly picked the wrong moment. Because of ADAM's RIB, I was unable to watch anything with Hepburn and Tracy, until I saw WITHOUT LOVE and really liked it, though I missed Cukor's participation, his sense of pacing and performance as revelation. Hence the connection. I confused Tom Ewell with Aldo Ray. That's what happens when you don't look things up.
 

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Are you talking about Adam's Rib? Aldo Ray isn't in that. Maybe you're referring to Tom Ewell (the cheating husband) or David Wayne (the effete neighbor)? At any rate, I don't see any of these criticisms you're lobbing about, but you're certainly entitled to your opinion.
No wonder Aldo Ray is better in THE MARRYING KIND than ADAM'S RIB, because that's Tom Ewell. Thanks Matt, for that clarification.