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Woman's World (1954)

An executive plans to fill a high-ranking position by interviewing the candidates' wives.

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Ernest Gifford
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Katie Baxter
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Jerry Talbot
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Elizabeth Burns
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Sid Burns
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Carol Talbot
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Bill Baxter
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Tony Andrews
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Mrs. Evelyn Andrews
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Needing to fill the position of general manager of his company, and believing that an executive's wife is crucial to her husband's success, auto industry mogul Gifford brings three couples to New York to size up: Jerry and Carol: he hard-driven and self-reliant, she willing to use her beauty to further her husband's career; Sid and Elizabeth, he ulcer-ridden and torn between achieving success and restoring their troubled marriage, she positive that his job will kill him, but gamely agreeing to play the good wife for the duration; and down-to-earth Bill, whose good-natured Katie fears that his promotion would spell the end of their idyllic familiy existence. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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The Worldy Story of Three Deadly Females and the Men in Their Lives! See more »

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30 September 1954 (USA)  »

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A Woman's World  »

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Trivia

The portrait at the center of Gifford's "wall" of paintings of his romantic conquests is the one of Gene Tierney used in "Laura" (1944), which was Clifton Webb's first full-length talking picture and the first for which he earned an Oscar nomination. See more »

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When we first see the new Gifford black convertible, actually the Ford X-100, in the lobby of the Gifford building the top and side windows are closed. In the next shot they are open and the occupant closes them, supposedly at the first drop of rain. See more »

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Blue Moon
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Music by Richard Rodgers
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Underrated, Classy Laugh Out Loud Comedy

Woman's World was recommended to me through a friend of the family, and I'm very glad they did! Through the 94 minutes of this film, I was laughing out loud constantly (mainly because of June Allyson's goofy character), but also on the edge of my seat wondering who would get the job! It's rather sad that this isn't as well known as it should be, because it is a real laugh but also very climatic.

Three men are up for a major promotion in a car company and the man in charge (Clifton Webb) decides that each are fit for the job, but his decision will be based on one thing: their wives. Bill (Cornel Wilde) and Katie (June Allyson) care about each other too much to sacrifice seeing each other often. Sid (Fred MacMurray) and Elizabeth (Lauren Bacall) fight constantly as her husband is a workaholic, which causes trouble with his health. Jerry (Van Helfin) and Carol (Arlene Dahl) seem to want the job too much, and Carol goes to extreme lengths in an effort to make Jerry get the job.

Woman's World is nothing deep or revolutionary, it's just a classy comedy (I could watch it for the fashions alone!) with some big stars. It does look dated from today's standards, but I still really enjoyed it! The plot stays the same (in many ways, this is good) throughout the movie. Simply, sophisticated and elegant. Great 1954 comedy.


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