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Writers:
Anita Loos (screenplay)
Katharine Brush (book)
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Release Date:
25 June 1932 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Lil works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Forgotten Pre-Codes: "Stage Mother" (1933)
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New York's "Essential Pre-Code" Series: Week 3
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Bill Legendre Represents Inner Struggle For All Men See more (41 total) »

Cast

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Jean Harlow ... Lillian 'Lil' / 'Red' Andrews Legendre

Chester Morris ... William 'Bill' / 'Willie' Legendre Jr.
Lewis Stone ... William 'Will' Legendre Sr.

Leila Hyams ... Irene 'Rene' Legendre
Una Merkel ... Sally
Henry Stephenson ... Charles B. 'Charlie' / 'C.B.' Gaerste

May Robson ... Aunt Jane

Charles Boyer ... Albert
Harvey Clark ... Uncle Fred
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Armetta ... Waiter Warning Bill of Lipstick (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Man Wanting to Use Phone Booth (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Man Outside Pool Hall (uncredited)
Ralph Byrd ... Driver, At End of Film, With Mustache. (uncredited)
Albert Conti ... Frenchman in Paris (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Surprised Party Guest (uncredited)
James T. Mack ... Thomas, Legendre Butler (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Gaerste's Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Wilfrid North ... Judge at Divorce Hearing (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ... Tompkins - Gaerste's Butler (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Gaerste Party (uncredited)
Sarah Padden ... Mary - Legendre Maid (uncredited)
William Pawley ... Al (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Waiter Calling Bill to Phone (uncredited)
Eddie Phillips ... Gaerste's Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jack Conway 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Katharine Brush  book
F. Scott Fitzgerald  uncredited
Anita Loos  screenplay

Produced by
Albert Lewin .... producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson 
 
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Hurrell Sr. .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia:
Jean Harlow's first line is "So gentlemen prefer blondes, do they?" which was written by Anita Loos for the movie. Loos' most famous work was the 1925 novel "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Lillian 'Lil':Listen, I'm on my way up to the boss' house with his mail.
Sally:Why didn't his secretary do it?
Lillian 'Lil':Because I swiped it off her desk. These are important and they've gotta be answered right away. Maybe I'll get a chance to stay and take dictation.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Bill Legendre Represents Inner Struggle For All Men, 8 March 2007
Author: PoeMonroe from United States

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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