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Writers:
Gene Markey (screen play) &
Kathryn Scola (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
11 November 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Amazing performances, modern plot, fast and beautiful. See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ruth Chatterton ... Alison Drake
George Brent ... Jim Thorne

Lois Wilson ... Harriet

Johnny Mack Brown ... Cooper
Ruth Donnelly ... Miss Frothingham
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Pettigrew
Phillip Reed ... Freddie Claybourne
Gavin Gordon ... Briggs
Kenneth Thomson ... Red
Huey White ... Puggy

Douglass Dumbrille ... George Mumford (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Spencer Charters ... Tom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irving Bacon ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Edmund Breese ... Board Member (uncredited)
Edmund Burns ... Alison's Secretary (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Board Member (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... James - Alison's Second Butler (uncredited)
Tom Costello ... Draftsman (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Ed - the Comptroller (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Department Head (uncredited)
Sidney De Gray ... Board Member (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Shooting Gallery Onlooker (uncredited)

Charley Grapewin ... Drunk at Hamburger Stand (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Man with Pig (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... James - Alison's Main Butler (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Man Trying to Pick Up Alison (uncredited)
Henry Hebert ... Board Member (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Department Head (uncredited)
Emmett King ... Board Member (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Grocery Store Proprietor (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Secretary (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Board Member (uncredited)
Jean Muir ... Miss Joyce - Jim's Secretary (uncredited)
Vesey O'Davoren ... Footman (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Gus - Second Office Boy (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Shooting Gallery Onlooker (uncredited)
Rafaela Ottiano ... Della - Alison's Maid (uncredited)
George Ovey ... Dance Floor Extra (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Man with Thorne's Blueprints (uncredited)
Willard Robertson ... Department Head (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Board Member (uncredited)
Ethel Wales ... Alison's Secretary (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... Board Member Jarratt (uncredited)
Juliet Ware ... Red's Wife (uncredited)
Robert Warwick ... Attorney Bradley (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Private Detective Falihee (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Footman at Pool (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... First Office Boy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
William Dieterle (uncredited)
William A. Wellman (uncredited) (17 scenes)
 
Writing credits
Gene Markey (screen play) &
Kathryn Scola (screen play)

Donald Henderson Clarke (suggested by a story by) (as Donald Henderson Clark)

Produced by
Robert Presnell Sr. .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox (photography) (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Killifer (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Art Department
G.W. Berntsen .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
I.A. Brown .... sound (uncredited)
Charles Lang .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
M.A. Anderson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Brannigan .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Dudie Maschmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
William McNally .... grip (uncredited)
Robert Robinson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Scotty Welbourne .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone orchestra
Sammy Fain .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stanley Logan .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
60 min | Germany:58 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) (DVD) | Canada:G (Ontario/Quebec) (DVD) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Della, Alison's Maid:Lemon or cream, Madame?
Harriet Brown:Cream and two sugars, please.
Alison Drake:Cream and two sugars? My, you're a reckless woman! No wonder you look so happy.
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FAQ

What make are those cars coming out of the Drake Auto Factory?
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Amazing performances, modern plot, fast and beautiful., 3 January 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

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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