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Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 June 1932 (USA)
Lillian relentlessly attempts to seduce a married man.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Katharine Brush (book), Anita Loos (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Harlow ... Lil Andrews
Chester Morris ... Bill Legendre Jr.
Lewis Stone ... William Legendre Sr.
Leila Hyams ... Irene
Una Merkel ... Sally
Henry Stephenson ... Gaerste
May Robson ... Aunt Jane
Charles Boyer ... Albert
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... Uncle Fred
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Storyline

Lil works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair with businessman Gaerste and uses him to force society to pay attention to her. She has another affair with the chauffeur Albert. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Parisiense dos Cabelos de Fogo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$401,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film first hit the airwaves in Lubbock TX Thursday 11 July 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11); it first aired in Minneapolis 17 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Los Angeles 17 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Spokane 7 November 1957 on KHQ (Channel 6), in Chicago 8 November 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in San Francisco 5 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in Memphis 6 April 1958 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Tampa 9 June 1958 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Norfolk VA 7 July 1958 on WTAR (Channel 3), and in Philadelphia 16 September 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6). Although it would have been in the MGM film library then under the control of WCBS (Channel 2), there is no reliable documentation that it was ever telecast in New York City at this time, most likely because of the severely pre-code aspects of the story which were fast becoming more widely known, particularly as it was being shown in the less predominant markets, and would have no doubt created considerable sponsor resistance and audience disapproval among the financially influential nay-sayers of The Big Apple. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Sally is removing her pajamas to give back to Lillian, the camera is constantly moving to keep the nudity out of the frame. However, when Sally removes her top and hands it to Lillian, you can easily see Jean Harlow's right breast fully bared for a half second. (About 12 frames between 0:17:18 to 0:17:19 on the DVD.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lil Andrews: So gentlemen prefer blondes, do they?
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Lil Andrews: Yes, they do.
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Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
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Written by W.C. Handy
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Never trust a red-head
28 October 2004 | by August1991See all my reviews

Harlow was about 21 years old when she made this film but she certainly seems older. In real life, she eloped at 16 and didn't have much of an education. Her accent here is flimsy. But her white skin was perfect for the period's bright lights and slow film. We see and understand well her expressions.

This film shows garters and a surprising morality. The gold-digger gets her gold, conniving and finagling all the way. It seems that a beautiful young woman, who confidently knows what she is, can get anything she wants from a man. Classic Jean Harlow (and I guess Anita Loos). Harlow's act is not ditzy coquette - she knows exactly what she's doing and so do we. It's fun to watch the story unfold.

The men are props but acquit themselves well. Charles Boyer, accent and all, plays the apparently genuine love interest. Watch for the scene where his character is accused of having an affair with a woman already having an affair. Only Boyer could get the right pause before answering matter-of-factly. This was one of his first American films.


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