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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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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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19 October 1934 (USA)  »

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O Valor das Mulheres  »

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Some confusion exists as to who played Tenterden in the film. Film Daily and Variety lists Boyd Irwin in the role, but the New York Times and the Call Bureau Cast Service credit 'William Stack'. In the viewed print, it is clearly 'William Stack'. See more »

Quotes

Alick Wylie: What is charm exactly, Maggie?
Maggie Wylie: Oh, it's... it's a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it, you don't need anything else. And if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have. Some women, a few, have charm for all, and most have charm for one, and some have charm for none.
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Version of What Every Woman Knows (1917) See more »

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Here We Are, Here We Are, Here We Are Again
(uncredited)
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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