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Smart Woman (1931)

Wife turns tables on cheating hubby.

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Mrs. Nancy Gibson
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Donald 'Don' / 'Donnie' Gibson
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Sir Guy Harrington
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Billy Ross
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Miss Peggy Preston
Ruth Weston ...
Mrs. Sally Gibson Ross
Gladys Gale ...
Mrs. Preston - Peggy's Mother
Alfred Cross ...
Brooks, Gibson's butler
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Mrs. Windleweaver
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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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GAY!.. GOSSIPY!.. H I L A R I O U S !.. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed
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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

The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 13 January 1930 and had 136 performances. The opening night cast included Minna Gombell, Gavin Muir and Stanley Ridges. See more »

Goofs

The unopened letters from Nancy to Don from Paris all have the same date on the cancellation postmark. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Nancy Gibson: If Don's all right, nothing else matters.
Billy Ross: Well, he, eh, isn't exactly all right. You see, there was some oats.
Mrs. Nancy Gibson: Oats?
Billy Ross: Well, some wild oats.
Mrs. Sally Ross: Oh, Bill you're a mess!
Billy Ross: All right, then, there's a girl.
Mrs. Nancy Gibson: A girl?
Billy Ross: Don's gone haywire over a girl.
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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
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Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Hummed by Mary Astor
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Domestic Drama Well Acted
8 May 2004 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A SMART WOMAN uses duplicitous ingenuity to attempt to win back her adulterous husband.

Mary Astor shines in this sophisticated--and unfortunately obscure--little soap opera, which rewards its viewers with an intelligent script and fine acting. Crisp, cool & calculatingly composed, Astor uses her intelligence to get exactly what she wants. Inviting her spouse's mistress to spend the weekend in their country mansion may not seem like the usual tack to follow, but for Astor it's all part of her game plan.

Robert Ames plays Astor's erstwhile husband; Ruth Weston is his outspoken sister. Noel Francis is the gold digger after his money & Gladys Gale is her ambitious mother. All four offer good support, but the best fun comes from John Halliday as an affable English knight agreeably in tune with Astor's schemes and snippy Edward Everett Horton as Ames' brother-in-law. As usual, Horton effortlessly steals his every scene.


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