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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.

Director:

Jean Negulesco
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Cast

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

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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The Worldy Story of Three Deadly Females and the Men in Their Lives! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman's World See more »

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Budget:

$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:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In Woman's World the connections to automotive companies of the era are both obvious and subtle. The obvious is Ford Motor Company which supplied Fords, Mercurys, Lincolns, "Dream Cars", and styling models for the film. There are even scenes of the Ford test track in Dearborn, Michigan. The subtle is the company name Gifford Motors close to General Motors; GM. Also many shots of the New York skyline feature the Chrysler Building. See more »

Goofs

At approximately 3:35 when the black 1954 Lincoln pulls up in front of the "Gifford Building" there is a light colored 1954 Mercury in front and in back of the Lincoln. In the next shot showing Glifton Webb getting out of the car, a rear projection shot, the car in back of them is now the black 1954 Lincoln. See more »

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Soundtracks

It's a Woman's World
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by The Four Aces
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What a Time Capsule
22 July 2002 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Slick, superficial CinemaScope stuff from Hollywood's early-'50s panic attack: How ya gonna keep 'em down at the flicks after they've seen TV? Fox tried to with big screens, splashy colors, and half a dozen or so stars crammed into one entertaining soap-opera premise. There's no cinema-making genius going on here, but the movie is overwhelmingly entertaining, both for its look and its morality. A consumerist's paradise, it's so stuffed with cars and gowns and doodads that you're seized with an overwhelming urge to go shopping after you've seen it. (The cars, in particular, are '50s-futurists designs from Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, and they're knockouts.) And the morality is so utterly of its time: The onscreen drinking and smoking are nonstop, the gender premises (men seek power, women seek men) are unquestioned, and the subtext is clearly that money and power are fine, but holding on to your man is what really counts. And to do that, you'd better learn to be a dear little klutzy wifey like June Allyson instead of a calculating harlot like Arlene Dahl. Of the women, Allyson's wife-waif act becomes monotonous, and while Dahl is luscious to look at and seems to be in on the joke of how one-note her character is, she's not really much of an actress. So Bacall, her crisp-sophisticate act honed to a fine sharpness, comes off best by default. The men are all OK, but New York is the real star.


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