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The Opposite Sex (1956)

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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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Kay
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Crystal
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Amanda
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Gloria
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Steve Hilliard
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Buck Winston
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Charlotte Greenwood ...
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Sam Levene ...
Mike Pearl
Bill Goodwin ...
Howard Fowler
Alice Pearce ...
Barbara Jo Allen ...
Sandy Descher ...
Debbie
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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 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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M-G-M PRESENTS THE BARE FACTS ABOUT...THE OPPOSITE SEX (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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29 April 1957 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

El sexo opuesto  »

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(as Perspecta Sound)| (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

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

Goofs

Toward the end where "Kay" says that she has had a year to grow claws, "Jungle Red!" She holds up her hands, but her nails are not red. When she arrives at the nightclub, still no red nails, but later - same evening, same nightclub - her nails are red. See more »

Quotes

Crystal Allen: One of these days I'm gonna have bathroom the size of Radio City Music Hall!
Pat: Whoever gets that dirty?
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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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The Opposite Sex
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Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed over the opening credits by Dolores Gray
Performed during "The Psychiatrist" musical sketch with Dick Shawn, Jim Backus,
Joan Collins and Carolyn Jones
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What a waste of talent! Shame on MGM
18 November 1998 | by (Toronto, Ont.) – See all my reviews

June Allyson's last MGM musical had to go back to a 40's film she starred in for its best number, though they sure tried hard to make a hit out of "Now, Baby, Now" - except Allyson isn't the sexy dancer the song called for. And Ann Miller never gets to sing or dance a step. Dolores Gray, used well in "It's Always Fair Weather" and "Kismet" (She single-handedly saves that one), gets to sing the title song over the credits, and nothing else. The useless male guest stars get half the songs and butcher them. The original script had it right - keep the guys off screen. Where was the creative talent that could have pulled the plug on this one or whipped it up into a reasonable shape?


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