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Smart Woman (1931)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 September 1931 (USA)
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Wife turns tables on cheating hubby.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mrs. Nancy Gibson
Robert Ames ...
Donald 'Don' / 'Donnie' Gibson
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Sir Guy Harrington
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Billy Ross
Noel Francis ...
Miss Peggy Preston
Ruth Weston ...
Mrs. Sally Gibson Ross
Gladys Gale ...
Mrs. Preston - Peggy's Mother
Alfred Cross ...
Brooks, Gibson's butler
Lillian Harmer ...
Mrs. Windleweaver
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Storyline

After an extended stay in Paris to care for her ailing mother, wealthy Nancy Gibson is happy to be heading back to her Long Island home to be reunited with her husband, Don Gibson, who she dearly loves. Upon her arrival at the house, Don is not there. Nancy learns from husband and wife Billy and Sally Ross - Don's business partner and Don's sister - that Don is with his mistress, Peggy Preston, who he intends to marry if Nancy will grant him a divorce. Apparently, everyone is aware of the situation and most, including Billy and Sally and the household servants, are on Nancy's side. After composing herself following receiving this devastating news, Nancy, who still loves Don and wants to be with him, decides that there are better ways of getting him back than to be the devastated wife. Acting the modern woman, Nancy pretends that she too has fallen in love with another man she met in Europe. As the other man, she uses the unwitting help of Brit, Sir Guy Harrington, a man she met on the... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

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12 September 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Astucia de mujer  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first film played at the famous Roxy Theater in New York City. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Sally Ross: [reading the label] Not more than 40 percent alcohol... um hmm... I thought so.
Billy Ross: Why the idea! 40. Well, that's probably to keep the iron from rusting.
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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
(1930)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Hummed by Mary Astor
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Well-paced comedy
22 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Mary Astor was seen in any number of supporting roles (for example "Midnight" with Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche, just to stay with La Cava productions)but here shows she could hold the stage effortlessly as leading lady. And "stage" is the word since the film's origins as a play for theatre are rather obvious (the same set does for about 70% of the time). The remaining characters are stereotypes and Ames is somewhat wooden but the script is often very amusing indeed and with Gregory La Cava to mastermind the production everything sweeps along splendidly. Though short (65m) and nearly forgotten (no reference book on my shelves mentions this film) this is worth seeing by anyone with a taste for comedies of the period.


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