6.6/10
204
8 user 2 critic

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:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Janet Blair
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy ... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Don Ameche, Kay Francis
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

To save his job, newsman Jeff Sherman offers to help his boss get out of a swingeing alimony settlement. But his devious plan to compromise Cornelia Porter, the judge on the case, while she... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Walter Pidgeon, Edward Arnold
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the 1920s, enterprising Louise Randall is determined to succeed in a man's world. She enrolls at business college but her plans for a career change when she falls in love with handsome ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Jack Carson, Robert Hutton
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Everyweek Newsmagazine editor Richard Kurt pursues psuedo-portait artist Marion Forsythe on her arrival from Europe after painting (and possibly being involved with) notables all over the ... See full summary »

Director: Edward H. Griffith
Stars: Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, Edward Everett Horton
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago, she spends time back East with war veterans, building their self-esteem,... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Lee Bowman, Adele Jergens
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Christopher Reynolds, an American flying with the R.A.F, is shot down over German-occupied Holland and is given shelter by a Dutch family. Posing as the insane husband of the daughter of ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Joan Bennett, Franchot Tone, Allyn Joslyn
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Kim Hunter, Dean Jagger
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A loafer and a manicurist, both planning to marry money, meet and form an uneasy alliance.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy
Hired Wife (1940)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Cement company CEO Stephen Dexter asks his secretary Kendall to marry him as a wife in name only, an arrangement made to protect his finances from an attempt at a hostile business takeover.... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Virginia Bruce
Dreamboat (1952)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Thornton Sayre, a respected college professor, is plagued when his old movies are shown on TV and sets out with his daughter to stop it. However, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.

Director: Claude Binyon
Stars: Clifton Webb, Ginger Rogers, Anne Francis
All I Desire (1953)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1910, a wayward mother re-visits the family she deserted.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson, Lyle Bettger
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Carol Ainsley
... Henry Pepper
... Michael Cobb
... Pat O'Shea
... Sen. Howard Ainsley
... Jane Drake
... Miss Timmons
Douglas Wood ... Dean Alfred B. Shaeffer
... Mr. Clark
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The MERRIEST Man-Hunt in KISSTORY See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ten Percent Woman  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 31, 1954 with Rosalind Russell again 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?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
If you can write it, you can emote it
17 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Rosalind Russell stars in What A Woman in one of her career girl parts, that of a literary agent and one high powered agent she is. She's the daughter of a US Senator Edward Fielding.

That's enough to get free and easy free lance writer Brian Aherne interested enough to do a profile. Especially since Russell has a new project. She wants to get one of her authors reserved English professor Willard Parker to shed his pseudonym from the steamy romance novel he's written and become an actor.

She operates under the thesis if you can write it, you an emote it. As it turns out beneath the shy exterior of the professor lies a budding Errol Flynn.

Russell's high powered agent complements beautifully the slow paced and unhurried pace of Brian Aherne. Her big problem is she might just have fallen for her own creation in Parker.

The ever wise Aherne realizes that Roz will inevitably grasp they are meant for each other.

It's all a bit silly, but the leads do carry it off. After over 70 years What A Woman still holds up beautifully.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial