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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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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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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 »


When Kay shakes her hands in the air when she says, "I've had a whole year to grow claws, Lexie! Jungle Red!", she's wearing clear nail polish. In the next scene, at the nightclub, she has on red nail polish. See more »


Kay Hilliard: I've had a whole year to grow claws, Lexy... Jungle Red!
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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 Women (2008) See more »


A Perfect Love
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by June Allyson, dubbed by Jo Ann Greer
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Not a terrible remake
11 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1950's version of the 1930's "The Women" was updated quite a bit. The ideals of the 1950's show up, along with the new male characters (who were never seen in the original)and the fashion.

Actually, while "The Women" is dated, too, the dialog is sharper and the characters much more fun. Joan Crawford beats Joan Collins easily as the vamp, and Rosalind Russell eats up scenery. Of course, Leslie Nelson back in his hunky leading man days is plenty of fun. This version is a little more moralistic, with more hand wringing and melodramatic action. And the addition of the male characters really isn't that much of a plus. Sometimes the comic action is overboard.

All in all, not a bad movie, but if you really want to see action, catch "The Women" instead.

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