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Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 June 1932 (USA)
Lillian relentlessly attempts to seduce a married man.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Katharine Brush (book), Anita Loos (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Harlow ... Lil Andrews
Chester Morris ... Bill Legendre Jr.
Lewis Stone ... William Legendre Sr.
Leila Hyams ... Irene Legendre
Una Merkel ... Sally
Henry Stephenson ... Charles B. Gaerste
May Robson ... Aunt Jane
Charles Boyer ... Albert
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... Uncle Fred
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Storyline

Lil works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair with businessman Gaerste and uses him to force society to pay attention to her. She has another affair with the chauffeur Albert. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Parisiense dos Cabelos de Fogo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$401,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM originally bought the rights to the novel as a vehicle for Greta Garbo. Others considered for the lead were Barbara Stanwyck and Clara Bow. See more »

Goofs

When Lillian and Sally exit the soda fountain and walk down the street, the camera dolly grip can be seen reflected in the store windows, bent over and pushing the camera dolly down the street. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lil Andrews: So gentlemen prefer blondes, do they?
[sarcastically]
Lil Andrews: Yes, they do.
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Connections

References Flying High (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played on Lil's car radio
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Never trust a red-head
28 October 2004 | by August1991See all my reviews

Harlow was about 21 years old when she made this film but she certainly seems older. In real life, she eloped at 16 and didn't have much of an education. Her accent here is flimsy. But her white skin was perfect for the period's bright lights and slow film. We see and understand well her expressions.

This film shows garters and a surprising morality. The gold-digger gets her gold, conniving and finagling all the way. It seems that a beautiful young woman, who confidently knows what she is, can get anything she wants from a man. Classic Jean Harlow (and I guess Anita Loos). Harlow's act is not ditzy coquette - she knows exactly what she's doing and so do we. It's fun to watch the story unfold.

The men are props but acquit themselves well. Charles Boyer, accent and all, plays the apparently genuine love interest. Watch for the scene where his character is accused of having an affair with a woman already having an affair. Only Boyer could get the right pause before answering matter-of-factly. This was one of his first American films.


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