Designing Woman (1957)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  29 July 1957 (Sweden)
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A sportswriter and a fashion-designer marry after a whirlwind romance, and discover they have little in common.



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Complete credited cast:
Marilla Brown Hagen
Lori Shannon
Sam Levene ...
Ned Hammerstein
Zachary Wilde
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Maxie Stultz
Charlie Arneg
Johnnie 'O'
Martin J. Daylor
Alvy Moore ...
Luke Coslow
Carol Veazie ...
Jack Cole ...
Randy Owens


When Mike Hagen and Marilla Brown marry after a whirlwind romance on the west coast, they return to New York to find that they don't have much in common. She is a clothing designer who lives in a swanky apartment and whose friends are actors, artists and the like. He is a sports writer who likes to go boxing matches and horse races. They clearly love one another and make every effort to be flexible. When a mobster, whom Mike has been accusing of fixing sports events, decides to go after him he must pretend to be out of town and mayhem ensues. Written by garykmcd

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His world is guys and dolls! Her world is gowns and glamor! See more »


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Release Date:

29 July 1957 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Modelo  »

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2.35 : 1
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George Burns later told Gregory Peck that his reaction to getting the plate turned over in his lap was one of the best of its kind Burns had ever seen. See more »


While visiting Marineland, bottle-nose dolphins are incorrectly referred to as porpoises, both by Mike, and by the off-screen announcer of the dolphin show. See more »


Mike Hagen: They're not reading. They're holding them
Mike Hagen: that way in case the blood spatters.
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Crazy Credits

As 'The End' appears on the screen, Maxie Stultz delivers the final line of the movie while punching a 'speed bag' in a boxing gym: "I'm making a comeback, you know?" See more »


References The Opposite Sex (1956) See more »


Music Is Better than Words
Music by André Previn
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and Roger Edens
Performed by Dolores Gray
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Delightful diversion
16 March 2005 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

It's not exceptionally funny or momentous, just pleasant in the same agreeably polished sort of way the Rock Hudson-Doris Day comedies are. Peck is a New York sports writer who meets Bacall's fashion designer while on leave in California at a posh hotel. They marry on a whim after a brief courtship and soon discover their clashing lifestyles will be a greater problem than they anticipated. Delores Gray plays Peck's old flame who isn't quite ready to fade into the background; Sam Levene and Tom Helmore lend capable support as Peck's editor and Bacall's business partner, respectively. A minor Minnelli production that breaks no new ground, it's a delightful diversion all the same.

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