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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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This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Thursday 21 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in Los Angeles Friday 19 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); its television premiere in San Francisco occurred 2 June 1959 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). 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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Version of What Every Woman Knows (1921) See more »

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Here We Are, Here We Are, Here We Are Again
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Written by Charles Knight and Kenneth Lyle
Sung a cappella by the party supporters
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Unexpected gem
14 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Helen Hayes never had great success in the movies, but this is the best of her film performances that I've seen so far. Her Scottish accent is convincing, she's charming, and she conveys Maggie's underlying strength with great subtlety.

Brian Aherne is charismatic as the young politician Maggie is attracted to; he allows us to see through his egotism to the vulnerability and insecurity just below the surface.

The beautiful and talented Madge Evans is fine in the "other woman" role. Supporting stalwarts Lucile Watson, Donald Crisp, Dudley Digges, David Torrence, and Henry Stephenson are all well-cast, and turn in wonderful performances.

I had no idea what to expect from this film, but I found it highly enjoyable, with gentle humor, light drama, and romance that won't send your blood sugar into orbit.


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