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What Every Woman Knows (1934)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  19 October 1934 (USA)
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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... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lucile Watson ...
Dudley Digges ...
David Torrence ...
Henry Stephenson ...


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 <>

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19 October 1934 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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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Here We Are, Here We Are, Here We Are Again
Written by Charles Knight and Kenneth Lyle
Sung a cappella by the party supporters
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An old fashioned treat with delightful performances and some problems
4 August 2002 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

This film preserves Helen Hayes in one of her most celebrated roles, and Brian Aherne and the rest of the cast are quite fine as well. Indeed, Lucile Watson is a particular delight as the Comtesse de la Briere. The first half of the film hews closely to J. M. Barrie's play, yet it never feels "stage-bound" in the least. It has been opened up for the film quite effectively and none of Barrie's humor or clear-eyed sentiment have been lost. However, in an apparent attempt to simplify some of Barrie's plot devices, the last half of the film has been changed considerably from the play; and not to its benefit. Indeed, the rest of the script is pretty much a mess and makes nonsense of Barrie without improving the story in the least, as well as vitiating the entire thrust of the drama. Still, the film is worth seeing for Miss Hayes' excellent performance and Mr. Aherne's very capable one.

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