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The Opposite Sex (1956)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  29 April 1957 (Sweden)
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Shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary, New York theater producer Steven Hilliard and his wife, former popular radio singer Kay Hilliard née Ashley, are getting a Kay-initiated Reno ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Crystal Allen
Gloria Dahl
Steve Hilliard
Buck Winston
Charlotte Greenwood ...
Sam Levene ...
Mike Pearl
Bill Goodwin ...
Howard Fowler
Barbara Jo Allen ...
Sandy Descher ...


Shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary, New York theater producer Steven Hilliard and his wife, former popular radio singer Kay Hilliard née Ashley, are getting a Kay-initiated Reno divorce after Kay finds out about a marital indiscretion he had with Crystal Allen, a gold digging chorus girl in one of his shows. News of the indiscretion made its way to Kay indirectly by her catty friend, Sylvia Fowler. In Kay getting the divorce, Kay's best friend, playwright Amanda Penrose believes Kay is playing right into the wants of Crystal, whose main goal is not to be happily married to Steven, but to get what such a marriage can bring to her in material wealth and comfort. Amanda does not believe Steven loves Crystal and that he still really does love Kay. And Kay does proceed with the divorce despite believing theirs was a happy and loving marriage before she learned of the indiscretion, and despite having an adolescent daughter, Debbie, to consider. But when Kay learns some ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

29 April 1957 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

El sexo opuesto  »

Box Office


$2,834,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Although all the singing was intended for June Allyson, Dolores Gray performed the title song over the main credits. See more »


At the end of the "Yellow Gold" musical number, two chorus boys leap up onto the banana trees for their final pose. Just as the curtain is closing, you can see the stage-left dancer slip from his position and slide down the tree. See more »


Kay Hilliard: I've had a whole year to grow claws, Lexy... Jungle Red!
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Opening credits: Manhattan Island ... A body of land consisting of four million square males-completely surrounded by women. See more »


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Now Baby Now
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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Not as bad as many have claimed.
18 January 2007 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I have to say I am baffled by the trashing of this film. Are we watching the same movie? I have watched both The Women and The Opposite Sex, all within the span of a week on Turner Classic and though the Women was cleverer, The Opposite Sex was not really in the "Chopped Liver" category either.

Yes, it's true. Given a choice, I would rather watch The Women too.

But the Opposite Sex has adequate acting, women in gorgeous gowns and sticks quite faithfully to the original story-line whereby the 1st Wife gets her revenge against the 2nd wife. Who doesn't love the lucked-out-housewife-wins-the-day-story-line? I know I do.

And I do enjoy looking at Jeff Richards as the hunky singing cowboy, Buck.

If you have the time, why not check it out yourself.

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