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What Every Woman Knows (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 19 October 1934 (USA)
The story takes place in Scotland, where plain Maggie Wylie's family, fearing she may become a spinster, finances young John Shand's studies in return for his agreement to marry her in five... See full summary »

Director:

Gregory La Cava

Writers:

J.M. Barrie (play) (as Sir James Matthew Barrie), Monckton Hoffe (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Hayes ... Maggie Wylie
Brian Aherne ... John Shand
Madge Evans ... Lady Sybil Tenterden
Lucile Watson ... La Contessa la Brierre
Dudley Digges ... James Wylie
Donald Crisp ... Mr. David Wylie
David Torrence ... Alick Wylie
Henry Stephenson ... Charles Venables
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Storyline

The story takes place in Scotland, where plain Maggie Wylie's family, fearing she may become a spinster, finances young John Shand's studies in return for his agreement to marry her in five years. Recognizing his ambitions, Maggie helps to guide his career without his realizing it. He honors his commitment, even though he does not feel real love for her as she does for him. Will he succumb to the wiles of young aristocratic beauty Sybil, or learn to appreciate Maggie's true worth? Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Valor das Mulheres See more »

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Budget:

$428,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Wilson Benge (Butler), Leo G. Carroll (Senate head) and Harry Allen & Dan Maxwell (Stone buyers). See more »

Quotes

Alick Wylie: What is charm exactly, Maggie?
Maggie Wylie: Oh, it's... it's a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it, you don't need anything else. And if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have. Some women, a few, have charm for all, and most have charm for one, and some have charm for none.
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Connections

Version of What Every Woman Knows (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

Loch Lomond
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish folk song
Sung during the opening credits by tenor Larry Burke
Played on piano by Helen Hayes and sung by her, David Torrence, Brian Aherne,
Donald Crisp and Janet Murdoch
Hummed by Brian Aherne
Played as background music often
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Brilliant Casting and Direction
13 March 2005 | by bruce-316See all my reviews

Brilliantly constructed movie and the casting is spot on. Intriguing plot - this movie is one that needs to be watched at least twice to pick up the details missed the first time around - maybe the Scottish accents need some adjusting to - If you know the perception of Scottish frugality (especially by those south of the border) the movie really has some hugely comical moments, such as the taxi scene, the newspaper that was never purchased and the expensive shawl moment. Helen Hayes plays the adoring wife of a young politician precisely and the plot has a very positive and surprising ending to what seems like an impossible situation. They just don't make 'em like this any more. I watched this movie for the first time this year (2005) and my only regret is not having seen it years ago - get a copy is my advice and enjoy!


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