IMDb > Female (1933)
Female
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Female (1933) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 2 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.8/10   977 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writers:
Gene Markey (screen play) &
Kathryn Scola (screen play) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Female on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
11 November 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Early Thirties Flick that is Interesting though Flawed 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
60 min | Germany:58 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) (DVD) | Canada:G (Ontario/Quebec) (DVD) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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:
Alison Drake:[throwing a pillow onto a "lounging area"] Are you naturally enthusiastic?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Painting the Clouds with SunshineSee more »

FAQ

What make are those cars coming out of the Drake Auto Factory?
See more »
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Early Thirties Flick that is Interesting though Flawed, 4 October 2013
Author: atlasmb from United States

A film titled "Female" is obviously about more than one woman. It is about all women; the nature of women.

We are introduced to Allison Drake, head of Drake Motor Company, who wields power with authority and a swift precision. As it turns out, she is a female version of the prototypically corrupt male boss. She uses her power to seduce those under her authority. She surrounds herself with attractive men and beds them routinely. Afterwards, she shrugs them off like used toys. A man playing this role would be despised, and so should she be. But it is a novel reversal of roles, so it is interesting.

However, Allison laments that she has never found a real man. If she could only find a man who had the strength to stand up to her, she might actually be able to fall in love. Cue the new male employee, Jim Thorne, a gun-shooting, pipe-smoking heman who she meets accidentally outside the company. She is intrigued. He puts her in her place. When she finds that Jim is an employee of her company, Allison puts the usual machinations in motion--dinner for two at her house (in a library replete with hunting trophies), a shaker of vodka, throw pillows at the ready. Jim, of course, remains all business, confusing Allison. The remainder of the plot is rather predictable, except for the disappointing ending.

Released in 1933, this is a pre-Code production with the usual suggestions of nudity. It also features some amazing art deco sets and some beautifully sexy gowns.

Besides the ending, the film's only failure for me was the casting of George Brent as the heman. Someone along the lines of Clark Gable could have portrayed Jim as he was meant to be.

In the end, this film is interesting for its depictions of its era, including the roles of both genders in business and in society.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (25 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Female (1933)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
pre movie -code- enforcement for sure... ksf-2
Frank Lloyd Wright House in Female gregory_may_jr
Song played? lucsecret-1
More Music Fun! Schmoozette
Pettigrew's speech? billybobd
Available on DVD as of 3/2008 Loxi
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Imitation of Life Baby Doll Trapped by Television Midnight Court Alice Adams
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.