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A Woman Rebels (1936)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 6 November 1936 (USA)
The story revolves around Pamela, as a woman in late-1800's England who has no intention of marriage and wishes to be her own person. After a great deal of difficulty in finding a job, she ... See full summary »

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Mark Sandrich

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Anthony Veiller (screen play), Ernest Vajda (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Pamela Thistlewaite
Herbert Marshall ... Thomas Lane
Elizabeth Allan ... Flora Anne Thistlewaite
Donald Crisp ... Judge Byron Thistlewaite
Doris Dudley Doris Dudley ... Young Flora
David Manners ... Lieutenant Alan Craig Freeland
Lucile Watson ... Betty Bumble
Van Heflin ... Lord Gerald Waring Gaythorne
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The story revolves around Pamela, as a woman in late-1800's England who has no intention of marriage and wishes to be her own person. After a great deal of difficulty in finding a job, she finally lands a position at a "woman's" magazine, which covered topics such as sewing and cooking. After the editor takes sick, she moves the magazine into discussing issues of gender equality, child labor, medical care, and finding a job. She then finds herself as the unexpected leader of a movement. After an unexpected event, she is also faced with raising a child without a father, which people at that time thought was scandalous. Written by Taed Nelson <nelson@berlioz.nsc.com>

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She's glorious ...As a Woman In Arms! ...He's Magnificent As the Man She Adores.

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Drama | History | Romance

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USA

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Release Date:

6 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Portrait of a Rebel See more »

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Budget:

$574,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Van Heflin. See more »

Quotes

Pamela Thistlewaite: Women finally have some standing, not enough, but some.
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at Flora's and Alan's wedding
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Hepburn plays herself again...this time in Victorian England...
12 May 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

At a time when she was considered "box-office poison" by film exhibitors, KATHARINE HEPBURN starred in A WOMAN REBELS, the story of the daughter of a strict judge (DONALD CRISP) crusading for women's rights in Victorian England, when it was unheard of for women to seek work in the office.

Hepburn plays the role of Pamela Thistlewaite with all of her arch mannerisms intact under the direction of Mark Sandrich. VAN HEFLIN has a brief early role as one of her suitors who reveals that he's already married. She then switches her affection to HERBERT MARSHALL with whom she has an on again/off again relationship conflicted by Hepburn's stance on women's rights.

Hepburn photographs beautifully and looks fetching in her Victorian costumes, but she's merely playing another facet of her "Little Women" character (Jo March), with ambitions to become a writer for a Ladies Home Journal and become an independent woman without need of a man in her life. Here, she's as self-sacrificing and noble as ever, but it's all rather stifling and mired in the '30s style of melodramatic screen acting.

The supporting cast includes Elizabeth Allan, David Manners and Lucille Watson, who behaves exactly as though she's playing Aunt March again.

Hepburn fans who enjoy seeing her play herself will probably enjoy this tremendously. Others beware. Best line in the movie goes to an aged Van Heflin who says, toward the end, "Hatred can bind two people together more strongly than love."


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