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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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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11 November 1933 (USA)  »

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Der Boß ist eine schöne Frau  »

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$286,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The pool is the same one that can be seen in the musical number "By a Waterfall" from the Warner Bros. production "Footlight Parade", also released 1933. In this film, the scenes there are photographed with a different camera angle and while reusing the song "Shanghai Lil" from that other film. See more »

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At the 5.5 minute mark, camera equipment is visible in the car reflection. See more »

Quotes

Pettigrew: Have you changed your mind about coming up to my flat - to see my pictures?
Miss Frothingham: Oh, I really shouldn't.
[Begins quickly typing]
Miss Frothingham: Oh! I made a mistake.
Pettigrew: It's encouraging to know that you *do* make mistakes.
Miss Frothingham: Oh, Mr. Pettigrew.
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You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung briefly by Ferdinand Gottschalk twice
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A Classic Of Gender Reversal
11 February 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A powerful FEMALE tycoon is accustomed to getting everything she wants

  • including men - until she meets a fellow utterly unimpressed by her


wealth.

Ruth Chatterton completely dominates this brilliant, fascinating little film, until off-screen spouse George Brent shows up midway through the proceedings. Deftly handling the details of her life - from controlling her commercial competitors to adroitly arranging her next romantic conquest, Chatterton never lets up for a moment. Suave & composed, Brent arrives on the scene, calmly pegging targets in a sideshow, and presents the immovable object to her irresistible force.

Definitely pre-Code, the script throws a few zingers into the face of complacent modern viewers, with Chatterton & Brent doing all they can to entertain their audience. If her toughness turns into compliant conformity at the fadeout, it's a small price to pay for an hour's amusement.

Impish Ferdinand Gottschalk steals several scenes as Chatterton's fey factotum, while Ruth Donnelly makes the most of her tiny role as a spinster secretary. Johnny Mack Brown & Philip Reed are two of Chatterton's discarded young men.

Movie mavens will recognize Robert Greig & Rafaela Ottiano as Chatterton's butler & maid, as well as elderly Charley Grapewin as a sidewalk inebriate, all uncredited.

Warner Brothers gave the film a first-rate production; the terrific sets use detail to add to the story, rather than detract from it. Also, notice the ironic use of the Harry Warren tune during the seduction scenes; by the end of 1933 it would be famous as 'Shanghai Lil,' (with lyrics by Al Dubin) climaxing Warner's FOOTLIGHT PARADE.


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