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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 »
User Reviews:
A Classic Of Gender Reversal 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: music cues (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)

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:
Drunk at Hamburger Stand:You know, every time I eat a hamburger I think of my horse.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Shanghai LilSee more »

FAQ

What make are those cars coming out of the Drake Auto Factory?
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A Classic Of Gender Reversal, 11 February 2002
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

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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