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What Every Woman Knows (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 19 October 1934 (USA)
The story takes place in Scotland, where plain Maggie Wylie's family, fearing she may become a spinster, finances young John Shand's studies in return for his agreement to marry her in five... See full summary »

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The story takes place in Scotland, where plain Maggie Wylie's family, fearing she may become a spinster, finances young John Shand's studies in return for his agreement to marry her in five years. Recognizing his ambitions, Maggie helps to guide his career without his realizing it. He honors his commitment, even though he does not feel real love for her as she does for him. Will he succumb to the wiles of young aristocratic beauty Sybil, or learn to appreciate Maggie's true worth? Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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O Valor das Mulheres  »

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The play opened in London, England, UK on 3 September 1908 and on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 23 December 1908. The New York run lasted 198 performances and its cast included Maude Adams, Lumsden Hare and David Torrence, who is also in this film. There were 2 Broadway revivals, the last in 1947; Helen Hayes starred in the 1926 revival. See more »

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Mr. David Wylie: That's the way I like to hear you talk. A young Scotsman turned loose on the world with three hundred pounds. What could he not do? It's appalling to think of. Especially if he went among the English.
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Connections

Version of What Every Woman Knows (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Loch Lomond
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish folk song
Sung during the opening credits by tenor Larry Burke
Played on piano by Helen Hayes and sung by her, David Torrence, Brian Aherne,
Donald Crisp and Janet Murdoch
Hummed by Brian Aherne
Played as background music often
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Here's a movie to pluck from obscurity. See it twice.
11 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Splendid fare! Delicious dialogue! Pay no heed to comments from twerps with attention deficit disorder, this is a fine and engrossing story, a story for grownups and definitely not a victim of old-fashioned techniques. The only thing "old-fashioned" about this movie is the wealth of interesting, true to life characters down to the last bit player. Helen Hayes is a joy and Lucile Watson perfection, as usual. Brian Aherne as the golden boy is looking tall and handsome, his Scottish accent so unforced that I was surprised to realize it was indeed Brian Aherne. This movie, playing in another room of the house, pulled me in and sat me down. I knew it must have been adapted from a stage play, but couldn't guess the playwright. Ah, Mr. Barrie, thank you for this entertaining, feminist movie -- feminist in the true, classic (non Feminazi) sense of the word.


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