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Red-Headed Woman
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Director:
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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Jean Harlow's Star Shines Bright in this Sexy Romp See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (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 
 
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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia:
Jean Harlow wore a wig for this film. Because this film was filmed in black and white, to make up for the subtle change in hair color by the wig, her makeup was made more dramatic, to highlight the nature of her character.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':[trying on a dress in a store, Lil positions herself in front of a sunny window] Can you see through this?
Off-camera store clerk:I'm afraid you can, Miss.
Lillian 'Lil':I'll wear it.
Off-camera store clerk:Oh!
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We'll Dance Till DawnSee more »

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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Jean Harlow's Star Shines Bright in this Sexy Romp, 27 April 2006
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

Terrific pre-code film starring Jean Harlow as the "red-headed woman" - a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who uses her sex appeal to seduce rich men in an attempt to improve her social standing (plus get ahold of their dough!). With her eye on her wealthy, handsome, happily married boss (not to mention his photo pinned to her garter) she aggressively pursues him, as he does his very best to try and hold her off and keep his marriage intact. But even when she gets him, she can't stop trying to get someone better (well, you know - richer, that is).

I love this film and I think Jean Harlow gives one of her best performances here as she whines, baby talks, swings her hips, and uses her charms to get the man she wants. Una Merkel is appealing, as usual, as her sidekick/gal pal, constantly feigning shock over the sorted schemes of her red-headed friend. I highly recommend seeing this one.

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