Forever Female (1953)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  January 1954 (USA)
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An aging actress refuses to admit she is too old to play the ingénue role anymore.


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Complete credited cast:
Stanley Krown
E. Harry Phillips
Eddie Woods
Jesse White ...
Willie Wolfe
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Older Actress at Bar
King Donovan ...
Vic Perrin ...
Scenic Designer
Russell Gaige ...
Theatrical Producer
Patty (as Marian Ross)
Richard Shannon ...
Richard Shannon - Stage Manager
Clara Mootz aka Sally Carver


Playwright Stanley Krown has a terrific new play. It's got a great part for reigning Broadway star Beatrice Page, and a young actress named Sally Carver will do just about anything to get the ingénue lead. The problem is that Beatrice doesn't want the great role written for her. She wants the ingénue role, something she could have played wonderfully -- when she was twenty years younger. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Release Date:

January 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die pikanten Jahre einer Frau  »

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1.37 : 1
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Marion Ross's film debut. See more »


The framed caricatures that line the walls of the Sardi's set are black and white sketches that include at least one movie star (Charlie Chaplin); in reality, the caricatures at the actual restaurant in New York are in color and, because they only honor celebrities connected with the Broadway stage, would certainly not have included Chaplin. See more »

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Bad Title. Good Movie
11 June 2014 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This 1954 film features Ginger Rogers and William Holden with a nice supporting role played by Paul Douglas as Ginger Roger's ex-husband. Ginger Rogers was in her early forties at the time of this film and played an actress not totally accepting of her age. The public still loved her but playing a 29 year old was beginning to strain credibility. William Holden played an unknown playwright with a play featuring the relationship of a 19 year old and her mother. The role was rewritten so that Ginger Rogers could play a 29 year old, once again. Won't go further into the story but I found it interesting that Ginger Rogers was brave enough to play a role like this where age was a focus. It was a surprise to see an older Ginger Rogers after only having seen her earlier movies. Overall this film was entertaining with a nice mix of comedy and drama. Well worth the time to watch.

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