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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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Complete credited cast:
... Beatrice Page
... Stanley Krown
... E. Harry Phillips
... Eddie Woods
... Willie Wolfe
... Older Actress at Bar
... George Courtland
... Playwright
Vic Perrin ... Scenic Designer
Russell Gaige ... Theatrical Producer
... Patty (as Marian Ross)
Richard Shannon ... Richard Shannon - Stage Manager
... Clara Mootz aka Sally Carver
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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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The most INTIMATE comedy of the SEXes since Eve played games with Adam! See more »

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Marion Ross's film debut. See more »

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Crux of plot hinges on efforts of a Broadway producer and playwright to find ideal actresses to star in a play about a troubled mother/daughter relationship. Yet when the pair attends a summer stock production of the play, large poster outside theatre only includes photos of actress playing daughter and two male co-stars - completely ignoring actress who plays crucial mother role that's been talked about throughout entire film. See more »

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Sooner or later all actors appear in a dud
25 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

With a trio of hugely talented actors (Rogers, Holden and Douglas) and a script written by the Epstein Brothers (who wrote Casablanca) this viewer was expecting a delightful comedy. Alas, alas, alas, this is a clunker of monumental proportions with an AWFUL script (adapted from a play by J.M. Barrie -- who wrote Peter Pan) and painfully sluggish direction by Irving Rapper (who directed four of Better Davis' better movies). The script has the appearance of being thrown together beside a Hollywood swimming pool over a weekend with the minimum of thought or imagination. The characters' actions and motives are horribly unconvincing and do such a huge disservice to the three actors in the main roles. The ingenue role, played by Pat Crowley, who at the end of the movie is proudly proclaimed as a future Paramount star (ever heard of her, outside of television?) is endlessly irritating. Watching her act, this viewer couldn't help but think how much better the young Debbie Reynolds would have been in the role. Luckily for her, she was an MGM star and missed being saddled with this awful dreck. With undertones of All About Eve, a younger actress coveting a role played by an older actress, the story is leaden and dull in the extreme. Aside from consigning this one to the vaults and slamming the door shut FOREVER, one is left with such a feeling of sadness for so much dazzling talent so badly wasted.


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