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The Opposite Sex (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 29 April 1957 (Sweden)
Shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary, New York City Theater Producer Steven Hilliard (Leslie Nielsen) and his wife, former popular radio singer Kay Ashley Hilliard (June Allyson), ... See full summary »

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

Fay Kanin (screenplay), Michael Kanin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
June Allyson ... Kay Ashley Hilliard
Joan Collins ... Crystal Allen
Dolores Gray ... Sylvia Fowler
Ann Sheridan ... Amanda Penrose
Ann Miller ... Gloria Dahl
Leslie Nielsen ... Steve Hilliard
Jeff Richards ... Buck Winston
Agnes Moorehead ... Countess de Brion
Charlotte Greenwood ... Lucy
Joan Blondell ... Edith Potter
Sam Levene ... Mike Pearl
Bill Goodwin ... Howard Fowler
Alice Pearce ... Olga
Barbara Jo Allen ... Dolly DeHaven
Sandy Descher ... Debbie Hilliard
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Storyline

Shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary, New York City Theater Producer Steven Hilliard (Leslie Nielsen) and his wife, former popular radio singer Kay Ashley Hilliard (June Allyson), are getting a Kay-initiated Reno divorce after Kay finds out about a marital indiscretion he had with Crystal Allen (Dame Joan Collins), a gold digging chorus girl in one of his shows. News of the indiscretion made its way to Kay indirectly by her catty friend, Sylvia Fowler (Dolores Gray). In Kay getting the divorce, Kay's best friend, playwright Amanda Penrose (Ann Sheridan) believes Kay is playing right into the wants of Crystal, whose main goal is not to be happily married to Steven, but to get what such a marriage can bring to her in material wealth and comfort. Amanda does not believe Steven loves Crystal and that he still really does love Kay. And Kay does proceed with the divorce despite believing theirs was a happy and loving marriage before she learned of the indiscretion, and despite ... Written by Huggo

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M-G-M's FUN-FILLED GIRLIE SHOW -- WITH MUSIC! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Among the differences between this remake and both the play and previous movie version: In the original storyline, the singing cowboy character Buck Winston ends up marrying the Countesss. Here, he ends up with Mrs. Fowler. See more »

Goofs

In the 1945 sequences, June Allyson's hairstyle and clothing is strictly 1956. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Dell: Reno! The biggest little city in the world. The cradle of liberty. The Mecca.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Manhattan Island ... A body of land consisting of four million square males-completely surrounded by women. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pickup Alley (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Yellow Gold
(uncredited)
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Jerry Antes, Joan Collins, Carolyn Jones
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a missed opportunity
2 March 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This remake of The Women (1939) misses the boat for two main reasons - 1. it's too nice. Joan Crawford's Crystal Allen was far more acidic than Joan Collins' sweet little version 2. it casts loads of talented musical performers - and doesn't use them! Ann Miller, Joan Blondell, Ann Sheridan, Doleres Gray - all wasted. June Allyson is miscast as Kay Hilliard, a little long in the tooth for all this.

(Incidentally interesting to see Blondell and Allyson in the same film, considering their shared marital history off-screen as successive wives to Dick Powell).

Pros - the musical numbers aren't bad, if a bit on the camp side; it features a fashion parade throughout to die for; it's colourful.

Otherwise it rips off the original, adds songs and men, and messes the whole thing up. It's watchable, but Norma, Joan, Paulette, and Rosalind will remain the standard for this particular story.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1957 (Sweden) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,834,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Sound)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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