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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

The pool is the same one that can be seen in the musical number "By a Waterfall" from the Warner Bros. production "Footlight Parade", also released 1933. In this film, the scenes there are photographed with a different camera angle and while reusing the song "Shanghai Lil" from that other film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Alison Drake: I know for some women, men are a household necessity; myself, I'd rather have a canary.
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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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they managed to hit both the '30s and '40s woman in this one
29 June 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ruth Chatterton stars with husband George Brent, Philip Reed, and Johnny Mack Bfrown in this 1933 gem, Female.

This movie is a riot. Ruth Chatterton, looking very pretty, plays the a tough businesswoman who runs a tight ship. She tells a friend of hers she has no time for men, no interest in marriage, she's all business.

Whenever there's an attractive man in the office who approaches her about some business thing, she says she can't discuss it right at that moment. Come to her house for dinner that night so they can discuss it.

When they get there, she's feminine and flirty, and eventually the night leads to its inevitable precode conclusion, so we assume. The next day she rebuffs them and it's back to work. One guy gets sent to Hawaii instead of her apartment.

When she meets George Brent, the tables turned, and suddenly she can't live without a man.

Women in the '30s, in films, were sexually liberated and very feminine. In the '40s, they were tailored businesswomen who were miserable without a man. Boy, Ruth got the best of both worlds.

The deco sets were huge and stunning.

Very enjoyable. I love Ruth Chatterton anyway.


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