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Forever Female (1953)

Approved | | Comedy | January 1954 (USA)
An aging actress refuses to admit she is too old to play the ingénue role anymore.

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Irving Rapper
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Beatrice Page
William Holden ... Stanley Krown
Paul Douglas ... E. Harry Phillips
James Gleason ... Eddie Woods
Jesse White ... Willie Wolfe
Marjorie Rambeau ... Older Actress at Bar
George Reeves ... George Courtland
King Donovan ... Playwright
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Scenic Designer
Russell Gaige Russell Gaige ... Theatrical Producer
Marion Ross ... Patty (as Marian Ross)
Richard Shannon Richard Shannon ... Richard Shannon - Stage Manager
Pat Crowley ... Clara Mootz aka Sally Carver
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Storyline

Playwright Stanley Krown has a terrific new play. It's got a great part for reigning Broadway star Beatrice Page, and a young actress named Sally Carver will do just about anything to get the ingénue lead. The problem is that Beatrice doesn't want the great role written for her. She wants the ingénue role, something she could have played wonderfully -- when she was twenty years younger. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die pikanten Jahre einer Frau See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First of two films in consecutive years (second was in 1954's Black Widow) in which Ginger Rogers played an aging Broadway diva. See more »

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The framed caricatures that line the walls of the Sardi's set are black and white sketches that include at least one movie star (Charlie Chaplin); in reality, the caricatures at the actual restaurant in New York are in color and, because they only honor celebrities connected with the Broadway stage, would certainly not have included Chaplin. See more »

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Enjoyable
29 December 2010 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

An aging stage star tries to hold on to ingénue roles. The screenplay is by the Epstein twins (Casablanca) based on a play by Barrie (Peter Pan). Given such pedigree, this comedy falls short of expectations but it is fairly enjoyable and has witty dialog. It's helped by good acting from Rogers as the actress in denial about her advancing years, Douglas as her supportive ex-husband, and Holden (on the verge of super-stardom) as a writer. A screen shot at the end of the film touts Crowley as a future star at Paramount. She never became a star, but she went on to have a long TV career, and she is winning here as a perky young actress.


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