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What a Woman! (1943)

A literary agent is pursued by the charming writer of a popular magazine while she attempts to sway one of her clients, a handsome but innocent college professor, to star in an upcoming movie based on his best-selling novel The Whirlwind.

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The Whirlwind, written by Anthony Street (pen name only), is the best selling novel of the last ten years, its success largely attributed to agent Carol Ainsley - the daughter of an actress and a US senator - she who has already sold the movie rights further to capitalize on the success she's already generated. No one except Street's publisher knows his real identity. Henry Pepper, Associate Editor of Knickerbocker Magazine, is assigned by his boss to write a multi-installment article on the success that is Carol Ainsley. Carol is amenable to the idea until she learns that Henry does not want to write a standard biography, but rather an in depth profile of her workings, she reluctant to make public many of her working secrets, especially anything that may place her or her company in a bad light. Her next step, which she has the exclusive contract to do, is find the actor to play the hyper-masculine, romantic yet adventurous lead character of the Whirlwind, the identity of that actor ... Written by Huggo

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28 December 1943 (USA)  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 14, 1949 with Rosalind Russell reprising her film role. See more »

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Carol Ainsley: I've got to take him out to Hollywood and see that he's properly launched.
Sen. Howard Ainsley: Couldn't you just crack a bottle over his head?
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Don't They Know There's a War On?
19 October 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This mildly preposterous riff on the by now standard Rosalind Russell comedy -- high powered woman executive meets easy-going, mildly contemptuous bohemian and falls into frilly love by the end of the fifth reel -- winds along its well-greased way in a mildly bemused fashion. Long-time pro, Irving Cummings directs this well enough, but only Miss Russell puts any oomph into her role and the visuals mainly seem concerned with her head, making sure that she has an odd looking hat or hairdo that seems to change with every scene. She wears some dynamite dresses also; credit Travis Banton for the dresses. He seems to have specialized in gowning Carole Lombard in her movies.

Everyone seems to be giving it the old college try, but by now the formula had grown pretty tired, sustained only by war time movie attendance and some hope that all those Rosies out there, busy riveting together planes and battleships would be able to spend their times in silly hats once the war was over and men like Brian Aherne would be free of the restrictions of bow ties.


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