Female (1933)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  11 November 1933 (USA)
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Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets an independent design engineer.


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Complete credited cast:
George Brent ...
Ruth Donnelly ...
Miss Frothingham
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Phillip Reed ...
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Gavin Gordon ...
Kenneth Thomson ...
Huey White ...
George Mumford (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Alison is owner and successful manager of an automobile factory. She also has a good relation to her employees - especially the male ones, which she is known to invite to her bed for some time and then dump quickly. Only the inventor Jim Thorne refuses her offers - will she fire or marry him? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

11 November 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Boß ist eine schöne Frau  »

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$286,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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When Jack L. Warner saw the initial version of the film, as directed largely by William A. Wellman, he disliked the performance of the actor playing George Cooper, and insisted that all the scenes featuring him be re-shot with Johnny Mack Brown brought in to play Cooper. Because Wellman was no longer available, Michael Curtiz was brought in to direct the re-shot scenes. Curiously, Curtiz ended up getting the only directing credit in the final cut of the movie. See more »


Approx 4 minutes in: (While Alison is talking with Harrier Brown) The placement of the crane, and the puffs of dark smoke outside the window change abruptly; it is obvious that the filming was not done in a continuous take. See more »


Drunk at Hamburger Stand: You know, every time I eat a hamburger I think of my horse.
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References Picture Snatcher (1933) See more »


Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played when Alison parks her car and walks over to the shooting gallery
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Amazing performances, modern plot, fast and beautiful.
3 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Female (1933)

Smart, fast, witty, daring, fresh, impressive. A great little movie (just an hour long) with such a swirling series of events, and such great acting, you hardly know it's over. The filming is really tight and modern, the writing is sharp, and the leading role, the sexually liberated executive woman played by Ruth Chatterton, is spot on perfect. When George Brent appears (after half an hour), he matches her in a subtle, convincing performance that shows why, after having made twenty films already, he still had his career ahead of him. Chatterton, by contrast, made few films later, which is our loss.

The astonishing thing about the plot, of course, is how racy it is. Even today, with no holds barred (just some letters in a rating system), to have a leading woman sleep around with every handsome young man she wants, without any down side (no backstabbing, no violence, no disease, no remorse, nothing at all) is bold. These days, of course, she'd be a poster child against sexual harassment on the workplace.

But really the movie is about strength, and romance, and is remarkably modern and alive. The director is Michael Curtiz, who made such a huge number of films some of the gems like this one get lost. Some of his other gems, of course, are not lost at all (like, uh, Casablanca or Mildred Pierce). Give this its due. Worth every frame.

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