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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.

Directors:

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

Writers:

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

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$286,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Jack L. Warner saw the initial version of the film, as directed largely by William A. Wellman, he disliked the performance of the actor playing George Cooper, and insisted that all the scenes featuring him be re-shot with Johnny Mack Brown brought in to play Cooper. Because Wellman was no longer available, Michael Curtiz was brought in to direct the re-shot scenes. Curiously, Curtiz ended up getting the only directing credit in the final cut of the movie. See more »

Goofs

At the 5.5 minute mark, camera equipment is visible in the car reflection. See more »

Quotes

Alison Drake: [wide-eyed] Oh I'm really quite human, you'd be amazed...
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Connections

References Picture Snatcher (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung briefly by Ferdinand Gottschalk twice
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a winner she was, 'till they made her cry...
16 November 2003 | by jaxcatz007See all my reviews

I think that this was one of the most incredible and yet most under-rated films for it's time. For even though they ended with the woman succumbing to the whim of man and the traditional "woman's role", it still spoke miles for the woman. She was strong, brave, and did everything that a man could do and wasn't ashamed and had they only kept her going she could have been great. In fact, she could have won. But did she really lose? I don't think so, because maybe it showed something more about the female mystique, something that people missed because they thought that it only showed how a woman in power breaks down under pressure. What if they were really trying to show something deeper...I don't know now I am getting lost...too many things going through my mind to explain. Nonetheless, I do know that I was in awe after watching this film and it has had a lasting impression on me ever since.


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