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Female (1933)

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Budget USD 286,000

Running Time
1 hour, 0 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (as First National Pictures Inc.)

Studio Warner Brothers

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Love, Police, Detectives, Racy

Plot: In Michael Curtiz's romantic comedy FEMALE, Ruth Chatterton plays Alison Drake, the iron-fisted president of a motorcar company. Alison oversees the daily operations of her male employees with a predatory gaze and frequently exercises her right to engage with them in any way she deems fit. She meets her match in an equally strong-minded new employee, Jim Thorne (George Brent), and the two engage in a smoldering, contentious, sexually charged duel.

The action of the film--one of the first to depict a female character turning a man's world to her advantage--feeds on the novelty of presenting a woman as a corporate shark and bedroom hound. Though it's obvious the filmmakers thought they were creating a scenario that would never actually happen, Alison's world-smashing exploits make the bulk of the film (before she begins to question her nontraditional lifestyle) a protofeminist romp. Brent and Chatterton were married at the time they made the film, and the natural chemistry between them is abundantly evident. Curtiz (THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE) packs the screen with extravagant set design and period detail.

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 Directed by
Michael Curtiz
Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, White Christmas
 Written by
Donald Henderson Clarke
The Ghost Ship
Gene Markey
Baby Face, As You Desire Me, Glory
Ruth Chatterton
Dodsworth, Complicated Women, The Crash
George Brent
42nd Street, Dark Victory, Jezebel
Lois Wilson
Bright Eyes, The Crash, The Bells
Johnny Mack Brown
Belle of the Nineties, Our Dancing Daughters, Billy the Kid
Ruth Donnelly
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Bells of St. Mary's
Ferdinand Gottschalk
Grand Hotel, The Mask of Fu Manchu, Cleopatra
Phillip Reed
Song of the Thin Man, Fashions of 1934, Old Acquaintance
 Music By
Sammy Fain
The Rescuers, Footlight Parade, Hellzapoppin

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