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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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Taglines:

IS IT TRUE ABOUT RED-HEADED GIRLS? Ask their husbands or sweethearts...or else see this picture! (Print Ad- The Sun, ((New York, NY)) 28 June 1932) See more »

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The car Irene and Aunt Jane return from their road trip in is a 1932 Packard DeLuxe Eight coupe roadster. See more »

Goofs

When Lil goes to Charlie's penthouse in New York and the butler announces her arrival, Charlie stands up from his chair holding a book in his right hand. In the next shot, where he finishes standing, the book is gone. See more »

Quotes

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

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played on Lil's car radio
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Bill Legendre Represents Inner Struggle For All Men
8 March 2007 | by PoeMonroeSee all my reviews

Although this provocative and entertaining film is titled "Red-Headed Woman," referring to "Lil," (Harlow), the underlying theme of the story revolves around the character "Bill Legendre, Jr." (Morris)and the frustration and inner battle he suffers with his own conscience. It is established that his love for his wife Irene is sincere, but what he will not admit to himself is that he has developed an infatuation for his secretary (Harlow), who happens to be plotting to snag him away from his wife. Harlow's character is symbolic. Lil personifies that raw desire and lust that is so primitive and impulsive that no distinguished society man wants to admit that he has fallen victim to it, even when it is the case. Most men, and women as well, can identify themselves with "Legendre," whose self-discipline and resistance surrenders against the determined will of "Lil," and we cannot help but to feel sympathetic for him. It is established in the story that he and "Irene" have been sweethearts since they were kids, so it is possible that he had not yet had an "encounter" with another woman. That accumulated (and inevitable) curiosity paired with Lil's persistence practically dooms Bill to yield to the temptation. The story is entertaining because of Jean Harlow's naughty performance, yet it is even more intriguing due to Chester Morris' portrayal a man fallen victim by human desire.


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