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Designing Woman (1957)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 16 May 1957 (Australia)
A sportswriter and a fashion-designer marry after a whirlwind romance, and discover they have little in common.


Vincente Minnelli


George Wells, Helen Rose (story suggested by)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Mike Hagen
Lauren Bacall ... Marilla Brown Hagen
Dolores Gray ... Lori Shannon
Sam Levene ... Ned Hammerstein
Tom Helmore ... Zachary Wilde
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Maxie Stultz
Jesse White ... Charlie Arneg
Chuck Connors ... Johnnie 'O'
Edward Platt ... Martin J. Daylor
Alvy Moore ... Luke Coslow
Carol Veazie ... Gwen
Jack Cole ... Randy Owens


When Mike Hagen and Marilla Brown marry after a whirlwind romance on the west coast, they return to New York to find that they don't have much in common. She is a clothing designer who lives in a swanky apartment and whose friends are actors, artists and the like. He is a sports writer who likes to go boxing matches and horse races. They clearly love one another and make every effort to be flexible. When a mobster, whom Mike has been accusing of fixing sports events, decides to go after him he must pretend to be out of town and mayhem ensues. Written by garykmcd

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His world is guys and dolls! Her world is gowns and glamor! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


When Randy Owens, the choreographer for the play, joins the alley fight, the background music being played is from the opening number called, "The Binge" from the movie musical, "It's Always Fair Weather." André Previn was the music composer for both movies. See more »


The month-to-month wall calendar in Ned's office doesn't change although at least six weeks have passed since he called Mike on the phone the day Mike met Marilla. See more »


Mike Hagen: I'm going into the men's room now, to change into the bus boy's green pants.
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Crazy Credits

As 'The End' appears on the screen, Maxie Stultz delivers the final line of the movie while punching a 'speed bag' in a boxing gym: "I'm making a comeback, you know?" See more »


Referenced in Family Ties: Designing Woman (1988) See more »


Music Is Better than Words
Music by André Previn
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and Roger Edens
Performed by Dolores Gray
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Laughter and charm galore
30 November 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Lauren Bacall is a "Designing Woman" in this vibrant, sophisticated 1957 comedy directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Gregory Peck, Delores Gray, Sam Levene, Tom Helmore, Mickey Shaughnessy, Jesse White and Chuck Connors. Suggested by costume designer Helen Rose, this story of a designer marrying a sportswriter is a loose remake of "Woman of the Year" - two people meet, fall in love, marry hastily, and then discover that they're from different worlds. And Mike Hagen (Peck) comes with baggage - an ex-girlfriend (Delores Gray) who is starring in the show Mirella (Bacall) is doing the costumes for, plus he has mobsters after him because of a series of stories he's writing.

It's a recipe for good fun, some beautiful '50s fashions and most of all, excellent acting by the entire cast. Bacall and Peck work beautifully together, both displaying wonderful comic timing, the highlight being the ravioli scene. Mickey Shaughnessy is hilarious as Max, the punch-drunk fighter, and Delores Gray is sexy and sings up a storm as performer Laurie Shannon. Minnelli keeps the pace moving and gives us a good taste of putting on a Broadway show and some of the personalities involved.

Someone on the board mentioned that the Peck and Bacall looked as though they were having fun. Hopefully, that's true. This was made shortly before Humphrey Bogart's death - the film was actually released about 5 months after he died - and it's a tribute to Bacall's professionalism that she was able to pull off a comedy under such circumstances. I don't think her personal life could have been much fun at all.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

16 May 1957 (Australia) See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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