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The Opposite Sex (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 29 April 1957 (Sweden)
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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Crystal Allen
Gloria Dahl
Steve Hilliard
Buck Winston
Mike Pearl
Howard Fowler
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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(as Perspecta Sound)| (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remake of the 1939 non-musical film "The Women" starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell. Crawford actually commented on this remake by saying, 'It's ridiculous. Norma and I might not ever have been bosom buddies, but we towered compared to those pygmies in the remake. 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 »


Debbie: I had another bad dream, can I get in bed with you?
Kay Hilliard: Of course you may.
[Debbie climbs in]
Kay Hilliard: There, is that better?
Debbie: This is the only good thing about divorce, you get to sleep with your mother.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Manhattan Island ... A body of land consisting of four million square males-completely surrounded by women. See more »


Version of The New Women (2001) See more »


Now Baby Now
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed and Danced by June Allyson and male chorus
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You can't improve on perfection and this movie proves it!
11 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Women" is one of the true treasures of old black & white movies.There was not one role miscast and the snappy,witty script has not been duplicated in another all female movie and still holds up today!That said this movie is 100% miscast,misdirected and the script is dull & flat even though it includes many lines from the original play & movie.I really felt sorry for Ann Miller,wasted in the Paulette Goddard role who neither gets to sing nor dance in this musical remake! While the tone-deaf, off-key June Allyson(Norma Shearer she ain't) gets to sing a few songs while having no chemistry with Leslie.Another thing, who the heck decided to let the Sylvia Fowler character played here by Delores Gray and in 1939 by Rosalind Russell,hook-up with Buck Winston instead of the Countess played by Agnes Moorehead? Another great actress was wasted in her part along with Joan Blondell and Gray too for that matter.I agree with all previous comments that adding men did nothing and actually helped make a dull film duller if that's possible.Skip this tin horror and go for the 1939 gold medal original.

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