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The Second Greatest Sex (1955)

Approved | | Musical, Western | 14 November 1955 (UK)
In 1880, Osawkie, Kansas is feuding with rival town Mandaroon over which will be county seat, keeping the town's men away from home most of the time. The last straw is when Matt Davis feels... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Charles Hoffman (written for the screen by), Aristophanes (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Crain ... Liza McClure
George Nader ... Matt Davis
Kitty Kallen ... Katy Connors
Bert Lahr ... Job McClure
Mamie Van Doren ... Birdie Snyder
Keith Andes ... Rev. Peter Maxwell
Kathleen Case Kathleen Case ... Tilda Bean
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Roscoe Dobbs
Tommy Rall ... Alf Connors
Edna Skinner ... Cassie Slater
Jimmy Boyd ... Newt McClure
Cousin Emmy Cousin Emmy ... Cousin Emmy (as Cynthia May Carver)
The Midwesterners The Midwesterners ... Western Band
Ward Ellis Ward Ellis ... Zachary Bean
Mary Marlo Mary Marlo ... Sarah 'Ma' McClure
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In 1880, Osawkie, Kansas is feuding with rival town Mandaroon over which will be county seat, keeping the town's men away from home most of the time. The last straw is when Matt Davis feels compelled to go on a new foray on his wedding night; his bride Liza (just call her Lysistrata) takes teacher Cassie's advice and organizes a marital strike to make the men-folk stop their nonsense. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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...all about the Kansas County brawls and the gals who won the peace with their famous last words: "We'll stop lovin' till you stop fightin'" (original poster) See more »

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Musical | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das gibt es nur in Kansas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Version of Escuela de seductoras (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

WHAT GOOD IS A WOMAN WITHOUT A MAN
Music by Phil Moody
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell (as Pony Sherrell)
Sung by female cast members; reprised by George Nader (dubbed by Bill Lee)
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I can give you all the data/ On that gal named Lysistrata
28 November 2018 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

That's a typical couplet from this Universal musical, a rather desperate attempt to cash in on MGM's success with "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." It hews to that formula very closely: Take an ancient myth ("Lysistrata" instead of "Rape of the Sabine Women"), set it out West, write a plot-specific score (in this instance, by many hands), and cap it with lots of athletic choreography (by Lee Scott, who's no Michael Kidd, but that is, admittedly, a high bar). George Marshall, by now something of a Western musical veteran, having just wrapped "Red Garters," directs briskly, and it's an interesting cast. Neither George Nader nor Jeanne Crain could sing, both are dubbed, but both sure were pretty. Kitty Kallen, a popular recording artist at the time who didn't have much luck with movies, has one nice ballad. The always wonderful Tommy Rall, inexplicably eighth-billed, does some astounding leaps. Keith Andes, too hunky to be playing a priest, gets to sing a song, one of those pseudo-religious mid-'50s things, while chopping down a tree, and winds up with Mamie van Doren. Bert Lahr clowns, Paul Gilbert gets a big specialty number, Jimmy Boyd squeaks, and the story gets spun out decently enough. It's another enterprising mid-'50s musical, trying to keep a fading genre alive. Is it good? Not very. But fun? You bet.


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