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A Woman of Distinction (1950)

Ice-cold college dean Susan Middlecott feels there's no room in her life for romance. Enter Prof. Alec Stevenson, British lecturer on astronomy, touring North America and in possession of a... See full summary »

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Edward Buzzell

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Charles Hoffman (screen play), Frank Tashlin (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Susan Manning Middlecott
Ray Milland ... Prof. Alexander 'Alec' Stevenson
Edmund Gwenn ... Mark 'J.M.' Middlecott
Janis Carter ... Teddy Evans
Mary Jane Saunders ... Louisa Middlecott
Francis Lederer ... Prof. Paul Simone
Jerome Courtland ... Jerome
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Ice-cold college dean Susan Middlecott feels there's no room in her life for romance. Enter Prof. Alec Stevenson, British lecturer on astronomy, touring North America and in possession of a keepsake of Susan's he wants to return. Desperate for publicity, lecture bureau press agent Teddy Evans magnifies this into a great romance. The efforts of both dignified principals to quash the story have the opposite effect; matters get more and more involved... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It's a RIOTOUS ROMANTIC ROMP when Roz gives Ray the Razz!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Männerfeindin See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 23, 1950 with Rosalind Russell reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Alec Stevenson: You are the coldest woman I've ever met in my life! Miss Middlecott, I made a sad mistake when I brought you that locket. What I should have brought you is a suit of long woolen underwear.
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This could have been so much better.
2 November 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Rosalind Russell plays Dr. Susan Middlecott, a brilliant professor and dean of a college for women. However, her father (Edmund Gwenn) is concerned that she's all work and needs a man in her life. So, when the newspaper comes up with the incorrect notion that she's having a relationship with a professor (Ray Milland), the father makes the most of it...encouraging and pulling strings to try to get them together.

While Milland, Gwenn and Russell are all wonderful actors, here they are burdened with a bad script. The essential idea isn't bad (though some feminists today will balk at the notion that a woman needs a man), it is executed poorly. There are two main problems. Towards the end, the film relies too much on slapsticky sorts of laughs...with Rosalind on the receiving end again and again. Additionally, the whole relationship between the professors goes from hostile to head over heels so abruptly and unexpectedly that it made no sense at all. It's a shame...the film should have been a lot better.


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