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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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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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The Love Affairs of a Sexy Red Haired Gold Digger 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:
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 »
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':Sally, I'm the happiest girl in the world. I'm in love and I'm gonna be married.
Sally:You're gonna marry Albert?
Lillian 'Lil':No, Gaerste.
Sally:In love with Gaerste?
Lillian 'Lil':No, Albert. Besides, I always did wanna learn french.
Sally:Oh, why don't you get yourself a laundryman and learn chinese?
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Soundtrack:
St. Louis BluesSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Love Affairs of a Sexy Red Haired Gold Digger, 31 October 2014
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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