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Female (1933)

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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she had plenty of trouble finding a man she couldn't boss. ...AND PLENTY MORE AFTER SHE FOUND HIM! (Print ad- Spokane Daily Chronicle, ((Spokane, Wash.)) 3 March 1934)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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

Jim Thorne: You know, you're a very amazing person.
Alison Drake: Because I run a factory?
Jim Thorne: No, because you forget so completely running a factory.
Alison Drake: You mean, because, I become so completely a woman?
Jim Thorne: Yes. That's it.
Alison Drake: You know, very few people have the intelligence to realize that they confuse the two things, so hopelessly.
Jim Thorne: Oh, very few people have the advantage of first meeting you in a shooting gallery as a pick-up and then having drinks with you in the ten cents a dance palace. I found out quite a bit about you.
Alison Drake: You know, I ...
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Soundtracks

Old Man Sunshine (Little Boy Bluebird)
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music during the hamburger scene
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Amazing performances, modern plot, fast and beautiful.
3 January 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Female (1933)

Smart, fast, witty, daring, fresh, impressive. A great little movie (just an hour long) with such a swirling series of events, and such great acting, you hardly know it's over. The filming is really tight and modern, the writing is sharp, and the leading role, the sexually liberated executive woman played by Ruth Chatterton, is spot on perfect. When George Brent appears (after half an hour), he matches her in a subtle, convincing performance that shows why, after having made twenty films already, he still had his career ahead of him. Chatterton, by contrast, made few films later, which is our loss.

The astonishing thing about the plot, of course, is how racy it is. Even today, with no holds barred (just some letters in a rating system), to have a leading woman sleep around with every handsome young man she wants, without any down side (no backstabbing, no violence, no disease, no remorse, nothing at all) is bold. These days, of course, she'd be a poster child against sexual harassment on the workplace.

But really the movie is about strength, and romance, and is remarkably modern and alive. The director is Michael Curtiz, who made such a huge number of films some of the gems like this one get lost. Some of his other gems, of course, are not lost at all (like, uh, Casablanca or Mildred Pierce). Give this its due. Worth every frame.


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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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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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