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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 »

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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Budget:

$286,000 (estimated)
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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

In December 10, 2013, the American car company General Motors announced that it had appointed its first female CEO, Mary Barra, scheduled to assume the role in January, 2014. This announcement marked the first time in history a woman was appointed to head an automobile company anywhere in the world, eighty years after the release of this film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Alison Drake: Hey, wait a minute. Where are you going?
Jim Thorne: Now, listen. We've had a big evening. I took you dancing and bought you an elegant supper. Now, you get on your bicycle and peddle along, wherever you're going.
Alison Drake: I'm going with you!
Jim Thorne: Oh, no. You're a nice kid, but, I don't take up pick-ups home with me. Understand? Good night.
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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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Chatterton eats men for breakfast in this pre code gem
18 March 2011 | by littlemartinarocenaSee all my reviews

This comedy should be a pre-code document, just as the code was about to be imposed. The sexual conduct of Ruth Chatterton's character is mind blowing in this 1933 flick. Reminded me of Demi Moore in "Disclosure" with a major difference, Ruth Chatterton devours her minions not because she is some kind of monster but as simple mater of fact. h inherited a man's role and she loves it. The last few minutes of "Female" are a forced betrayal of the intention and the morality tale becomes an ominous warning sign for all entrepreneurial females. So blunt! Inspite of the ending this is a gem that should be seen. I guarantee you it will leave you open mouthed. Ruth Chatterton is not just amazingly modern in her upper class Mae Westish part but her performance is truly superb


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