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Woman's World (1954)

 -  Drama  -  30 September 1954 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Ernest Gifford
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Jerry Talbot
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Sid Burns
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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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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 talking-picture debut and first Oscar-nominated role. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Katie is looking in the Macy's windows, the street scene behind her does not change when she moves from one window to another. The same rear projection continued to play for both windows. See more »

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It's a Woman's World
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by The Four Aces
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The better half is WORLDly-wise
26 October 2006 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

An auto magnate invites three company executives to NYC to look them -and their wives- over to decide which one gets to be second-in-command...

This all-star ensemble film is a throwback to 30's fare like DINNER AT EIGHT & GRAND HOTEL and runs rings around its competition -the turgid EXECUTIVE SUITE (made the same year). It's a sleek, tres sophisticated time capsule of America's mores & morals in the Fab 50's and the stellar cast shines in tailor-made roles, especially Arlene Dahl as a scheming doll trying to sleep her husband's way to the top. She'd later steal the show in 1956's SLIGHTLY SCARLET. Boasting Cinemascope, snappy dialogue, stunning NYC locations and competent direction by Jean Negulesco, one can only imagine what Douglas Sirk could have done with this amusing opus. A "dramedy" is what it would probably be called today.

A 1954 review: "Some movies are wonderful because they look so expensive -that's the biggest charm of "Woman's World". Those gorgeous gowns distributed between Arlene Dahl and Lauren Bacall, those flashy automobiles of the future sparkling like jewels on display, those breathtaking, panoramic views of New York, the Wonder City. And seven movie stars generously sharing the Technicolor light. Clifton Webb is here with his urbane, supercilious manner, as president of Gifford Motors, an outrageously prosperous business empire. He's looking for a new general manager to replace the old one, now dead. He invites the three brightest men in his organization to New York. More important, he invites their wives. The ladies, in fact, will be the decisive factors in his choice. Fred MacMurray, his ulcer and his estranged mate, Lauren Bacall, arrive from Philadelphia. Out of Texas come Van Heflin and the powerfully seductive Arlene Dahl. And Cornel Wilde planes in from Kansas City with his very lovable but painfully unsophisticated spouse -June Allyson. There follows a tense, grueling struggle for position which starts at the swank Plaza Hotel and plays itself out on a Connecticut estate where Webb's sister (Margalo Gillmore) gives the candidates a final once-over. Much is revealed about husbands, wives and worldly ambition in this slick, entertaining film."

Highly recommended!


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