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What a Woman! (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 December 1943 (USA)
A literary agent is pursued by the charming writer of a popular magazine while she attempts to sway one of her clients, a handsome but innocent college professor, to star in an upcoming movie based on his best-selling novel The Whirlwind.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Therese Lewis (screenplay), Barry Trivers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Carol Ainsley
Brian Aherne ... Henry Pepper
Willard Parker ... Michael Cobb
Alan Dinehart ... Pat O'Shea
Edward Fielding ... Sen. Howard Ainsley
Ann Savage ... Jane Drake
Norma Varden ... Miss Timmons
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Dean Alfred B. Shaeffer
Grady Sutton ... Mr. Clark
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Storyline

The Whirlwind, written by Anthony Street (pen name only), is the best selling novel of the last ten years, its success largely attributed to agent Carol Ainsley - the daughter of an actress and a US senator - she who has already sold the movie rights further to capitalize on the success she's already generated. No one except Street's publisher knows his real identity. Henry Pepper, Associate Editor of Knickerbocker Magazine, is assigned by his boss to write a multi-installment article on the success that is Carol Ainsley. Carol is amenable to the idea until she learns that Henry does not want to write a standard biography, but rather an in depth profile of her workings, she reluctant to make public many of her working secrets, especially anything that may place her or her company in a bad light. Her next step, which she has the exclusive contract to do, is find the actor to play the hyper-masculine, romantic yet adventurous lead character of the Whirlwind, the identity of that actor ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Percent Woman See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 14, 1949 with Rosalind Russell reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Carol Ainsley: I've got to take him out to Hollywood and see that he's properly launched.
Sen. Howard Ainsley: Couldn't you just crack a bottle over his head?
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A neglected romcom from the war years
27 October 2018 | by ilprofessore-1See all my reviews

Irving Cummings, a contract director best known for his long tenure at Twentieth Century Fox where he directed Shirley Temple and many musicals, did this fast-paced, well-staged romantic comedy for Harry Cohn at Columbia. It's quite an achievement. Not only do the actors move as they deliver the dialogue, but the camera directed by Capra's favorite DP, Joe Walker, moves as well. The performances from the smallest to largest are perfect. One wonders, for example, why Williard Parker who plays the innocent professor never went on to stardom. He's both handsome and believable as is Ahern. This film is an ideal example of the Hollywood studio system at its best. Rosalind Russell in a star turn is surrounded by a superb supporting cast, and looks wonderful, lit by Walker. Was this picture ahead of its time? Did it lose money?


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