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Designing Woman -- Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall respectively portray a sports writer and a fashion designer who marry and come to realize they have nothing in common.


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Release Date:
29 July 1957 (Sweden) See more »
His world is guys and dolls! Her world is gowns and glamor! See more »
A sportswriter and a fashion-designer marry after a whirlwind romance, and discover they have little in common. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Bright, Well-Written and Adult Romantic Comedy; Peck and Bacall in Top Form See more (40 total) »


  (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:
Don Anderson ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
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)
George Bruggeman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Theona Bryant ... Secretary (uncredited)
Don Burnett ... Johnnie Gates (uncredited)
Mushy Callahan ... Referee (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Reporter (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ... Fashion Show Attendee (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Fred Seixas, Card Playing Crony (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Vanessa Cole (uncredited)
John V. Connors ... Dunnigan (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Waiter (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Fight Spectator (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)
George Ford ... Ringside Photographer (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... Jeff Dowling (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Jo Gilbert ... Florrie Canfield (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Hoodlum in Fight (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Reid Hammond ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Fashion Show Attendee (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)
Shep Houghton ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Reporter (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)
Joseph La Cava ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jeanne Lafayette ... Fashion Show Attendee (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)
William Meader ... Production Crew Member (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)
William H. O'Brien ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gene O'Donnell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Reporter (uncredited)
Don Orlando ... Italian Waiter (uncredited)
Eve Pearson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Phyllis Planchard ... Ann Ashmond (uncredited)
Maruja Plose ... Model (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Sidewalk Passerby (uncredited)
Lillian Powell ... Western Union Clerk (uncredited)
Max Power ... Fred Sellers (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Sheldon Stevens (uncredited)
Allen Ray ... Smith (uncredited)
Mitchell Rhein ... Baggage Clerk (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Fashion Show Attendee (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Waiter (uncredited)
Cleo Ronson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Benny Rubin ... Chris Matthews (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Reporter (uncredited)

Max Showalter ... Musical Director (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Andrucci (uncredited)
Eddie Lou Simms ... Joey Yustik (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ... Secretary (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... Mr. Orvac (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Trainer at Ringside (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Trainer at Ringside (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Hammerstein (uncredited)
Charles 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
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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118 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #18350) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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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 »
Factual errors: 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:So, what's for dinner?
Marilla Hagen:[realizing] Lori Shannon.
Mike Hagen:For dinner?
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Music Is Better than WordsSee more »


Grace Kelly---Was She Suppose to Star in "Designing Woman"?
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Bright, Well-Written and Adult Romantic Comedy; Peck and Bacall in Top Form, 30 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888 from United States

"Designing Woman", a title which is a word-play on a female's desire to obtain a worthwhile husband and on the profession followed by the female lead, is what used to be known as an engaging comedy. A 'designing woman' is exactly what she is not; nor is the sportswriter she falls in love with in any way naturally conniving. But circumstances in this undeniably charming, situationally humorous and dialogue-rich film force her to become (naturally) suspicious and him to mislead her. The couple are portrayed by Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck who have said they had and appear to have had great fun in making this New York-based comedy of manners. There were a number of male-versus-female films made in Hollywood between 1939 and 1973, the Golden Age of physical production there; while most of the writers took a reactionary anti-feminist position, the author of this film, George Wells, instead, here championed a mutually-desired and mutually-agreed equality between the two protagonists. Peck is the central character; but Bacall is the focus of much of the plot. In fact the opening sequences of the film take place on the West coast; Peck awakens to find himself befriended and his story filed by Bacall, after he had had a bit too much to drink. They begin an affair and swiftly decide to wed. But going back home to New York, they discover that "happily ever after" is harder than "I do". Abandoning his smaller bachelor digs for her luxurious apartment, they discover that their lifestyles, acquaintances and pursuits hardly match. One famous scene involves his rough-hewn card buddies trying to hold their regular game in her apartment. Also, Peck had been dating a pretty model , played by Dolores Gray, and has to hide the relationship, explain it away and generally engage in fancy footwork on several occasions; having her creative friends do their work while his card game buddies are present, pretending he does not know Gray, on whose musical designer Bacall is working when they meet at a fashion show; this is only the beginning of the story. Because Peck is also under a death threat from gamblers, he has to pretend to be away covering road baseball games while he's really holed up with a punchy ex-prizefighter bodyguard played by Mickey Shaughnessy. Of course, when Bacall discovers his old girl friend was Gray and that Peck has been lying about where he is, she assumes he has been cheating on her. The gangsters after Peck is played by Ed Platt and Chuck Connors, while Peck's helpful editor is Sam Levene. Under Vincente Minnelli's solid direction, the pace of this fast-moving comedy that only sometimes slows down for smart dialogue never flags. The fine cinematography was done by Gene Alton, set decorations by Edwin B. Willis and Henry Grace. Costumes were the work of veteran Helen Rose, with original music by Andre Previn. The bright art direction was by E. Preston Ames and William A. Horning, In the cast supporting the principals are Tom Helmore, Alvy Moore, Jesse White, Carol Veazie and Jack Cole. Bacall shows intelligence and toughness as the designer while Peck is more nuanced. This is a well-remembered and critically favored comedic effort, with a surprisingly satisfying ending. The screenplay won an award in 1957. Catch it when you can.

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