Lil works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair with businessman Gaerste and uses him to force society to pay attention to her. She has ... See full summary »
Lil works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair with businessman Gaerste and uses him to force society to pay attention to her. She has another affair with the chauffeur Albert. Written by
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In the scene where Sally is removing her pajamas to give back to Lillian, the camera is constantly moving to keep the nudity out of the frame. However, when Sally removes her top and hands it to Lillian, you can easily see Jean Harlow's right breast fully bared for a half second. (About 12 frames between 0:17:18 to 0:17:19 on the DVD.) See more »
Well you son-of-a-sea-snake! Have you got on my new pajamas?
[Sally hesitates guiltily]
Yeah, well you shake right out of 'em, Hortence.
I'm too important these days to sleep informally.
[removes her blouse]
What if there'd be a fire?
You'd have to cover up to keep from being recognized.
[camera pans down to Lil's legs as Sally hands her the silk pajama pants]
[climbing into the pajamas]
Say love, let's have a little more respect from you, now that I belong to one of the fine old ...
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Lyrics by Ray Egan (as Raymond B. Egan)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played and sung by an unidentified man during the opening credits
Reprised by an unidentifed male singer in a nightclub See more »
Bill Legendre Represents Inner Struggle For All Men
Although this provocative and entertaining film is titled "Red-Headed Woman," referring to "Lil," (Harlow), the underlying theme of the story revolves around the character "Bill Legendre, Jr." (Morris)and the frustration and inner battle he suffers with his own conscience. It is established that his love for his wife Irene is sincere, but what he will not admit to himself is that he has developed an infatuation for his secretary (Harlow), who happens to be plotting to snag him away from his wife. Harlow's character is symbolic. Lil personifies that raw desire and lust that is so primitive and impulsive that no distinguished society man wants to admit that he has fallen victim to it, even when it is the case. Most men, and women as well, can identify themselves with "Legendre," whose self-discipline and resistance surrenders against the determined will of "Lil," and we cannot help but to feel sympathetic for him. It is established in the story that he and "Irene" have been sweethearts since they were kids, so it is possible that he had not yet had an "encounter" with another woman. That accumulated (and inevitable) curiosity paired with Lil's persistence practically dooms Bill to yield to the temptation. The story is entertaining because of Jean Harlow's naughty performance, yet it is even more intriguing due to Chester Morris' portrayal a man fallen victim by human desire.
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