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Red-Headed Woman (1932)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  25 June 1932 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lillian 'Lil' / 'Red' Andrews Legendre
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William 'Bill' / 'Willie' Legendre Jr.
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William 'Will' Legendre Sr.
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Irene 'Rene' Legendre
Una Merkel ...
Sally
Henry Stephenson ...
Charles B. 'Charlie' / 'C.B.' Gaerste
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Aunt Jane
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Albert
Harvey Clark ...
Uncle Fred
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Storyline

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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

25 June 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Parisiense dos Cabelos de Fogo  »

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Budget:

$401,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay submitted by F. Scott Fitzgerald was rejected by producer Irving Thalberg, who thought it took the story too seriously, so he brought in Anita Loos to do a complete rewrite with a lighter, more comical tone. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sally: You dropped your fur.
Lillian 'Lil': Oh, it's only a silver fox.
Sally: Couldn't you get a gold one?
Lillian 'Lil': Yeah, well, I might have this one plated!
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Connections

References Flying High (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Frankie and Johnnie
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Traditional
Played on a phonograph
Sung by Cliff Edwards
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Jean Harlow's reputation
17 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

For those, like myself, who heard about Jean Harlow before viewing any of her pictures, the expectation was to see a glamor girl with somewhat limited performing skills, not unlike Marilyn Monroe at a later time. Not to take anything away from Marilyn, but Jean Harlow proved herself to be a very adept performer, an appealing combination of brazen sexuality and shameless manipulation, always with a comic touch. While sometimes getting her comeuppance (and appearing to enjoy it) at the hands of strong characters played by the likes of Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, in "Red-Headed Woman" the men in her life are pushovers for her wily charms. Chester Morris earnestly tries once, twice, three times to resist her, and apparently comes THAT close to succeeding, but her persistence ultimately renders him helpless. The wealthy and distinguished (and elderly) Henry Stephenson doesn't have a chance: when Jean's pal Una Merkel suggests that she's aiming too high this time, that her plans have no chance of success, Jean replies, "He's a man, isn't he?"

This is the prototypical Jean Harlow character, done to the hilt by a very skilled performer who, in the final analysis, probably has more in common with Mae West than with Marilyn Monroe. If she played virtually the same character in almost every picture, she wasn't the first to do so. Her reputation as an actress deserves to be greatly enhanced.


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