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Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets an independent design engineer.

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Michael Curtiz, William Dieterle (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

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Gene Markey (screen play), Kathryn Scola (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ruth Chatterton ... Alison Drake
George Brent ... Jim Thorne
Lois Wilson ... Harriet
Johnny Mack Brown ... Cooper
Ruth Donnelly ... Miss Frothingham
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Pettigrew
Phillip Reed ... Freddie Claybourne
Gavin Gordon ... Briggs
Kenneth Thomson ... Red
Huey White Huey White ... Puggy
Douglass Dumbrille ... George Mumford (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Spencer Charters ... Tom
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Storyline

Alison is owner and successful manager of an automobile factory. She also has a good relation to her employees - especially the male ones, which she is known to invite to her bed for some time and then dump quickly. Only the inventor Jim Thorne refuses her offers - will she fire or marry him? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Boß ist eine schöne Frau See more »

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Budget:

$286,000 (estimated)
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First National Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William A. Wellman replaced the original director, William Dieterle, when Dieterle became ill. Michael Curtiz took over as director when Wellman had to start directing College Coach (1933). See more »

Goofs

Approx 4 minutes in: (While Alison is talking with Harrier Brown) The placement of the crane, and the puffs of dark smoke outside the window change abruptly; it is obvious that the filming was not done in a continuous take. See more »

Quotes

Della, Alison's Maid: Lemon or cream, Madame?
Harriet Brown: Cream and two sugars, please.
Alison Drake: Cream and two sugars? My, you're a reckless woman! No wonder you look so happy.
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Soundtracks

Shanghai Lil
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on a phonograph at Alison's apartment
Also played on the organ during the first swimming pool scene
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A Classic Of Gender Reversal
11 February 2002 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A powerful FEMALE tycoon is accustomed to getting everything she wants - including men - until she meets a fellow utterly unimpressed by her wealth.

Ruth Chatterton completely dominates this brilliant, fascinating little film, until off-screen spouse George Brent shows up midway through the proceedings. Deftly handling the details of her life - from controlling her commercial competitors to adroitly arranging her next romantic conquest, Chatterton never lets up for a moment. Suave & composed, Brent arrives on the scene, calmly pegging targets in a sideshow, and presents the immovable object to her irresistible force.

Definitely pre-Code, the script throws a few zingers into the face of complacent modern viewers, with Chatterton & Brent doing all they can to entertain their audience. If her toughness turns into compliant conformity at the fadeout, it's a small price to pay for an hour's amusement.

Impish Ferdinand Gottschalk steals several scenes as Chatterton's fey factotum, while Ruth Donnelly makes the most of her tiny role as a spinster secretary. Johnny Mack Brown & Philip Reed are two of Chatterton's discarded young men.

Movie mavens will recognize Robert Greig & Rafaela Ottiano as Chatterton's butler & maid, as well as elderly Charley Grapewin as a sidewalk inebriate, all uncredited.

Warner Brothers gave the film a first-rate production; the terrific sets use detail to add to the story, rather than detract from it. Also, notice the ironic use of the Harry Warren tune during the seduction scenes; by the end of 1933 it would be famous as 'Shanghai Lil,' (with lyrics by Al Dubin) climaxing Warner's FOOTLIGHT PARADE.


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