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Anthony Veiller (screen play) and
Ernest Vajda (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
6 November 1936 (USA) See more »
She's glorious ...As a Woman In Arms! ...He's Magnificent As the Man She Adores.
The story revolves around Pamela, as a woman in late-1800's England who has no intention of marriage and wishes to be her own person... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Pamela Thistlewaite

Herbert Marshall ... Thomas Lane
Elizabeth Allan ... Flora Anne Thistlewaite

Donald Crisp ... Judge Byron Thistlewaite
Doris Dudley ... Young Flora
David Manners ... Lieutenant Alan Craig Freeland
Lucile Watson ... Betty Bumble

Van Heflin ... Lord Gerald Waring Gaythorne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonard Carey ... Lord Gaythorne's Butler (uncredited)
George Davis ... French Purser (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Lord Gaythorne's Maid (uncredited)
Connie Emerald ... Lady Gaythorne (uncredited)
Marilyn French ... Flora as an Infant (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man in Courtroom (uncredited)
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Lady Rinlake (uncredited)

Marilyn Knowlden ... Flora at Age 9 (uncredited)

Molly Lamont ... Young Girl with Sick Baby (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Seaton - at Party (uncredited)
Joseph P. Mack ... Italian Donkey Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Eily Malyon ... Miss Piper (uncredited)
Bonnie June McNamara ... Flora at Age 4 (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Signora Grassi (uncredited)
Lionel Pape ... William C. White (uncredited)
Barnett Parker ... Lady Gaythorne's Lawyer (uncredited)
Tony Romano ... Tony Romero - the Italian Boy (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Doctor Attending Flora (uncredited)
Margaret Seddon ... Serena (uncredited)
Nick Thompson ... Signor Guiseppe Grassi (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Sandrich 
Writing credits
Anthony Veiller (screen play) and
Ernest Vajda (screen play)

Netta Syrett (novel "Portrait of a Rebel")

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer (uncredited)
B.B. Kahane .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (photographed by) (as Robert de Grasse)
Film Editing by
Jane Loring (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (gowns)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dewey Starkey .... assistant director
Art Department
Perry Ferguson .... associate art director
Darrell Silvera .... set dresser
Sound Department
George D. Ellis .... recordist
Clem Portman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... musical arrangements (as Maurice de Packh)
Roy Webb .... musical director
Nathaniel Shilkret .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #2406) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
GREAT historical costuming for a 1930s film, 13 December 2005
Author: Cleydael from King George, VA

Apart from a wonderful plot, superb acting from Katherine Hepburn, Herbert Marshall as a charming leading man, as a historical film costumer, this one goes on my A-list.

I've only seen about 3/4 of the film -- caught it on Turner classic movies channel and got hooked. Don't know what the costuming in the early part of the flick was like, but from the time I tuned in, which covered the mid to late 1860s through the 1890s, I was VERY impressed.

The 1930s and 40's "golden age of Hollywood" was not a particularly good era for accurate costuming in film -- the artistic/visual impact generally seemed to trump any concerns about authenticity. And the 50s, 60's and 70's got broadly worse.

This film stands out from the 1930's crop BIG time.

The 1865-1870 period is difficult to get right and is seldom portrayed -- elliptical hoops, small bonnets, tailored details -- all presaging the "first bustle era" of the early 70's but not yet at the bustle stage. Costume Designer Walter Plunkett gets it right and designed some lovely, authentic gowns. The film seems to flash forward pretty rapidly to the late 1870's to early 1880s "natural form" era and then the 1890s, so both bustle eras are missed out, but the periods he covers, he does RIGHT.

Ironically, this is the same Walter Plunkett famous for his gorgeous, yet woefully inaccurate costumes for Vivian Leigh in Gone With the Wind -- however, if you look at that film, the costuming for Melanie Wilkes and the supporting & background women is actually pretty good, as are the various male civilian outfits. Alas, the stuff that's most remembered is the stuff that's wrong - Scarlett's clothes and the godawful uniforms.

Suggests to me that the great Plunkett richly deserved his reputation, DID understand historical costuming and must have been working to some broader artistic judgement call on the part of either the director / production designer or producers on GWTW.

With no such constraints on "A Woman Rebels", he did a phenomenal job.

-- Kathryn Coombs Historical Wardrobe, Ltd Historical Entertainment, LLC

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