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Woman's World (1954)

Approved | | Drama | 30 September 1954 (USA)
An executive plans to fill a high-ranking position by interviewing the candidates' wives.


Jean Negulesco




Complete credited cast:
Clifton Webb ... Ernest Gifford
June Allyson ... Katie Baxter
Van Heflin ... Jerry Talbot
Lauren Bacall ... Elizabeth Burns
Fred MacMurray ... Sidney Burns
Arlene Dahl ... Carol Talbot
Cornel Wilde ... Bill Baxter
Elliott Reid ... Tony Andrews
Margalo Gillmore ... Mrs. Evelyn Andrews
Alan Reed ... Tomaso
David Hoffman ... Jabernowski


Needing to fill the position of general manager of his company, and believing that an executive's wife is crucial to her husband's success, auto industry mogul Gifford brings three couples to New York to size up: Jerry and Carol: he hard-driven and self-reliant, she willing to use her beauty to further her husband's career; Sid and Elizabeth, he ulcer-ridden and torn between achieving success and restoring their troubled marriage, she positive that his job will kill him, but gamely agreeing to play the good wife for the duration; and down-to-earth Bill, whose good-natured Katie fears that his promotion would spell the end of their idyllic familiy existence. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Good all around cast, but...but
29 January 2016 | by dstanwyckSee all my reviews

Big June Allyson fan when I was a kid, crush and all. The girl next door, after all...but not next door to me. And now, years later, I can see why the crush: she was a doll! That wonderful voice and sweetness of heart. But now, of course - Lauren Bacall has a voice of a different octave, touched with her unique wry delivery. She's a grown-ups dream. So - you all know the story line - 3 men (and their wives as representatives) are up for a position of significance with Clifton Webb the decision maker. Cornel Wilde (Allyson), Fred MacMurray (Bacall) and Van Heflin (Arlene Dahl) are the contenders. Blatant technicolor and wonderful scenes of New York City - where I happen to be from - gloriously displayed and minus the chronic scaffoldings that adorn every street these current days. With their very different personalities, they vie. If you like just a few of these actors, you'll be happy enough. If you like a good story line and are not especially discriminating, you'll be happy enough. A few good scenes - the dress shopping spree with Bacall and Allyson, the last couple of moments of the show down, etc. - are all there is, basically. Clifton Webb, thankfully, toned down the typical superiority that he constantly indulged in. It was 1954 after all and it shows all over the place.

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Release Date:

30 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman's World See more »


Box Office


$3,250,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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