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Anita Loos (screenplay)
Katharine Brush (book)
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Release Date:
25 June 1932 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

Directed by
Jack Conway 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Katharine Brush  book
Felix E. Feist  uncredited
F. Scott Fitzgerald  uncredited
Anita Loos  screenplay
Bess Meredyth  uncredited
C. Gardner Sullivan  uncredited

Produced by
Albert Lewin .... producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson 
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
Casting by
Benjamin Thau (uncredited)
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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79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »
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 »
Lillian 'Lil':I'm not gonna spend my whole life on the wrong side of the railroad tracks.
Sally:I hope you don't get hit by a train while you're crossing over.
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Has to be seen to be believed, 31 January 2007
Author: nnnn45089191 from Norway

Jean Harlow as a home-wrecker of the worst kind delivers her first great performance in Red-Headed Woman.All the men in her lives are pushovers easily manipulated by the films central character. Made before censorship came into effect in Hollywood, this movie is able to shock viewers even today.The greatest entertainment value of this movie is how naughty all the principal characters are.Sex is out in the open and immorality is the name of the game. Harlow seduces and wins Chester Morris.The sucker has not a chance and which man has when a beautiful woman pursues you.Henry Stephenson is quite good as the moral hypocritical businessman. Nice to see him play such a part. Even a young Charles Boyer has a small important part in his Hollywood bow.The ending is really the biggest surprise.

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