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Red-Headed Woman (1932)

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

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Joan Crawford and Clara Bow were the most prominent actresses considered for the title role before the younger, less experienced Harlow was cast. There had, in fact, been so many candidates for the role that MGM's Marie Dressler donned a red wig and posed for some gag publicity stills. See more »

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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 »

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Sally: You got all the furniture you need?
Lillian 'Lil': Well, I still have a few Louis XV tables to get, and a couple of Jacobean bedsteads, and an English highboy...
Sally: A what?
Lillian 'Lil': A highboy.
Sally: Say, I thought you were gonna be on the level, now that you're married!
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The Love Affairs of a Sexy Red Haired Gold Digger
31 October 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Renwood, the promiscuous and hot golf digger Lillian "Lil" (Jean Harlow) lives with her friend Sally (Una Merkel) in a poor neighborhood. She works for the Legendre Company with the only intention of seducing her boss William "Bill" Legendre (Chester Morris). When his beloved wife Irene "Rene" Legendre (Leila Hyams) travels to Cleveland with her Aunt Jane (May Robson), Lil takes his correspondence from his secretary and uses it as a pretext to go to his house. Then she uses sex to seduce Bill, but Rene unexpectedly returns home and finds them together. Lil succeeds in destroying Bill's marriage and he divorces Rene and marries her.

When the powerful businessman of coal Charles B. Gaerste (Henry Stephenson) comes from New York to Renwood in a business trip, Lil has a love affair with him. Then she travels alone to New York and becomes his mistress. But Bill's father William "Will" Legendre (Lewis Stone) is not naive and plots a scheme to help his son.

"Red-Headed Woman" is an American comedy ahead of time, or Pre-Hays Code, the moral censorship guidelines that ruled Hollywood from 1930 to 1968. The plot is about the love affairs of a sexy and vulgar red haired gold digger. Jean Harlow is very funny in the role of an ambitious gold digger. Charles Boyer has a minor but also funny performance in the role of her lover Albert. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Mulher Parisiense dos Cabelos de Fogo" ("The Fire Haired Parisian Woman")


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