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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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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)

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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79 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia:
Clara Bow was offered the title role and looked at the script, but balked during negotiations. She had just recently been released from one long-term contract at Paramount and was reluctant to sign on to another at M-G-M.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:
Man Outside Pool Hall:There's a dame. Strictly on the level, like a flight of stairs.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Flying High (1931)See more »
Soundtrack:
Frankie and JohnnieSee more »

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16 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Reds, 29 January 2007
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Watching this today will give you a quite different impression than it gave its original audience.

Today we will see a film with strong sexual notions that we will note because such things all went away with the censors a year later.

We'll see — and you can check it by the comments here — a story about a golddigger who uses sex to exploit one poor guy after another. The sexy bitch here is Jean Harlowe in one of the roles that made her the template for Monroe, who is the one we remember. Today, we might even note that she isn't punished for her sins.

But the audience it was made for was deep in a depression. They would have noted that the rich men in this story got their money through coal. They created nothing; they invented nothing. All they had was a government-backed deed that said they could pull stuff out of the ground with virtual slaves and sell it. They are the victims as seen today where monopolists are celebrated. But in its time, these guys were fair targets. The "society" folks would have all been repulsive, and much of that carries over today.

Even though the first guy seems likable enough, its the violent sex that wins him over every time. Its only when he discovers she has moved on that he is able to break the spell. The fact that the story is different in a different context is incidental to my main point, which is about redheads.

Now Jean and Marilyn were blonds, both artificially. But THIS movie starts with the character's new campaign to catch a rich husband. And to start, she dyes her blond hair red. This interests me because I have a small study of redheaded women in film, how they are used and how we reason about them.

Its a relatively simple thing to trace. My interest began when stumbling upon someone in a Disney character research lab who was tied to some spooky government research I was sponsoring. Look at the recent Disney animated women heroines. All but the Arabian princess are red. Now why is that? I am preparing a web site on this topic alone.

Anyway, if you are interested in this, Clara Bow was our first fully sexual movie woman and every moviegoer would have known she was red. Even though the films were black and white, the movie magazines tinted hair color. Red is easier to make look good with those dyes. And later you will see the same effect with hair color and Technicolor. Judy was dyed red for Oz and St. Louis, for instance.

For some reason. Redheads were tied to overt sexuality and explosive tempers. Whether you think film makes or reflects society, you might find a visit to this movie interesting. And yes, the redhead wins against the monied doofuses.

Incidentally, if you follow how memes jump from movie to movie, watch this, then "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," for a redhead newly in monied society in a small town, who wants a party and is snubbed.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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