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Designing Woman
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Director:
Writer:
George Wells (written by)
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Release Date:
29 July 1957 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
His world is guys and dolls! Her world is gowns and glamor! See more »
Plot:
A sportswriter and a fashion-designer marry after a whirlwind romance, and discover they have little in common. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Playfully frivolous, but also a bit slow and empty despite the attempts at humor See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Mike Hagen

Lauren Bacall ... Marilla Brown Hagen

Dolores Gray ... Lori Shannon
Sam Levene ... Ned Hammerstein

Tom Helmore ... Zachary Wilde
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Maxie Stultz
Jesse White ... Charlie Arneg

Chuck Connors ... Johnnie 'O'

Edward Platt ... Martin J. Daylor
Alvy Moore ... Luke Coslow
Carol Veazie ... Gwen
Jack Cole ... Randy Owens
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Andrews ... Model (uncredited)
Jan Arvan ... TV Director (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ... Drunk Reporter (uncredited)
Otis Bigelow ... Set Designer (uncredited)
Madge Blake ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jackie Blanchard ... Model (uncredited)
Hazel Boyne ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Harriett Brest ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Theona Bryant ... Secretary (uncredited)
Don Burnett ... Johnnie Gates (uncredited)
Mushy Callahan ... Referee (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Fred Seixas, Card Playing Crony (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Vanessa Cole (uncredited)
John V. Connors ... Dunnigan (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Sportswriter at Dinner (uncredited)
Jeanne Dante ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Larry Musso (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Sportswriter at Dinner (uncredited)
James Dime ... Timekeeper at Fight Arena (uncredited)
James Douglas ... Tommie Reese (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Newswoman (uncredited)
Michael Ferris ... Makeup Man (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Lady at Marilla's Fashion Show (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... Jeff Dowling (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Jo Gilbert ... Florrie Canfield (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Hoodlum in Fight (uncredited)
Reid Hammond ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Fashion Show Extra (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Doorman (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Galatos (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Author at Play Reading / Party Guest / Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Eddie, Henchman with Johnnie 'O' (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim ... Justice (uncredited)
Walter Johnson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Dean Jones ... Assistant Stage Manager in Boston (uncredited)
Pat Jones ... Model (uncredited)
Sid Kane ... Reporter (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Bellboy-Pager at Pool (uncredited)
Honey King ... Model (uncredited)
Betty Koch ... Model (uncredited)
Kay E. Kuter ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Syl Lamont ... Danziger (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Steen (uncredited)
Saverio LoMedico ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jane Lynn ... Model (uncredited)
Cy Malis ... Dippy Rollo (uncredited)
Kay Mansfield ... Assistant Fitter (uncredited)
Alice Markham ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Nora Marlowe ... Jennifer Deane (uncredited)

May McAvoy ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... Reporter (uncredited)

Sid Melton ... Miltie, Henchman (uncredited)
Matt Moore ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... Hood (uncredited)
Ann Morriss ... Marie Dozier (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Fashion Show Attendee (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gene O'Donnell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Don Orlando ... Italian Waiter (uncredited)
Eve Pearson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Phyllis Planchard ... Ann Ashmond (uncredited)
Maruja Plose ... Model (uncredited)
Lillian Powell ... Western Union Clerk (uncredited)
Max Power ... Fred Sellers (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Sheldon Stevens (uncredited)
Allen Ray ... Smith (uncredited)
Cleo Ronson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Benny Rubin ... Chris Matthews (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Reporter (uncredited)

Max Showalter ... Musical Director (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Andrucci (uncredited)
Eddie Lou Simms ... Joey Yustik (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ... Secretary (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... Mr. Orvac (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Trainer at Ringside (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Hammerstein (uncredited)
Chuck Webster ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mel Welles ... Solly Horzmann (uncredited)
Sammy White ... Bewildered Man (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... One of Daylor's Boys in Bar (uncredited)
Jeane Wood ... Lighting Expert (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
George Wells (written by)

Produced by
Dore Schary .... producer
George Wells .... associate producer
Roger Edens .... segment producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
André Previn 
 
Cinematography by
John Alton 
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames 
William A. Horning 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Shanks .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Wally Wallace .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Stunts
Michael Dugan .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Jack Cole .... musical numbers and dances stager
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Helen Rose .... story suggested by
Barrie Chase .... assistant to Jack Cole (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
118 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #18350) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In Marilla's office, just after she's accepted the job with the Broadway show, the men's shoes make the sound of shoes on hard flooring, despite the fact that they're actually on a thick shag rug.See more »
Quotes:
Mike Hagen:They're not reading. They're holding them
[newspapers]
Mike Hagen:that way in case the blood spatters.
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Soundtrack:
Music Is Better than WordsSee more »

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Grace Kelly---Was She Suppose to Star in "Designing Woman"?
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Playfully frivolous, but also a bit slow and empty despite the attempts at humor, 29 April 2012
Author: secondtake from United States

Designing Woman (1957)

I continue to disappoint my own optimism about movies from this period--that decade between the real end of the Old Hollywood and the real start of the New. (Let's say the nether zone of 1956 to 1965). But seeing a movie like "Designing Woman" is a chance to see what exactly these movie makers were up to. After all, the actors, directors, photographers, and writers were the same, almost to the letter, as ten years earlier. They were not idiots or failures in any sense. So...

What has happened here to my eye has to do with style, an intentional shift to a very glossy, very false, very stylized kind of late 1950s mise-en-scene. Sometimes (in other movies) this rises above. Hitchcock's late 50s films come to mind. And exceptions for particular subsets of the audience exist (and blossom) like the Doris Day films and other period comedies. Some dramas that really still have resonance like "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Charade" also show the slick detachment of the movie machinery working out well, though with affectations, too.

So, here's director Vincente Minnelli, who directed the remarkable 1951 romantic critique of the end of Old Hollywood, "The Bad and the Beautiful." And here are the two towering leads. Lauren Bacall is of course a legend linked first of Bogart, and to hard core Old Hollywood dramas. And Gregory Peck is better known for more serious movies like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Cape Fear." Even the great cinematographer John Alton has a resume a mile long. The writer, I admit, is less known, and the story here is thin, for sure, but he won an academy award for it, which shows how time changes perceptions. But, in all, the larger artistic intentions of the writer and director really bring a cool, dry dullness. It's a revelation to see it for what it is.

It's almost like the director and producer know this isn't going to be a serious movie no matter what, that it can't be. Even the gruesome boxing match turns into a lighthearted repartee, and the glitzy high society stuff is generic and oddly lifeless (Billy Wilder does this material better, for example). And be warned, the format is itself uninvolving, with key parts switching to a simple voice-over, explaining what was happening, but not in a moody film noir way, just information.

Is it worthless? Of course not. The scenes are often very complicated visually, with a huge array of extras. The filming really is gorgeous, though more static than it needs to be. There is dancing shoehorned into the plot (though both dancers are fairly dull as people, try as they do). There is a classic kind of clash of cultures that is meant to be the set-up for all the gags, Bacall the rich pampered woman of culture and Peck the working class sportswriter.

Ugh, so the timing is off, the jokes flat, and the progress utterly slow. All these high production values are disposable. I hate the fact that I love all these people and thought the movie a dud. See for yourself.

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