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The Man Who Understood Women (1959)

Willie Bauche, a Hollywood producer, becomes so obsessed with turning his wife, Ann Garantier, into the sexiest star in Hollywood that he neglects her real needs. Feeling lonely and tired ... See full summary »

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Nunnally Johnson

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Romain Gary (novel), Nunnally Johnson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Caron ... Ann Garantier
Henry Fonda ... Willie Bauche
Cesare Danova ... Major Marco Ranieri
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Preacher
Marcel Dalio ... Le Marne
Conrad Nagel ... G.K. Brody
Edwin Jerome Edwin Jerome ... The Baron
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... Soprano
Harry Ellerbe ... Norman Kress
Frank Cady ... John Milstead
Ben Astar ... French Doctor
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Willie Bauche, a Hollywood producer, becomes so obsessed with turning his wife, Ann Garantier, into the sexiest star in Hollywood that he neglects her real needs. Feeling lonely and tired of Tinseltown, Ann returns to her native France and finds herself attracted to Marco Ranieri, a handsome and very attentive pilot. When Willie hears about the budding affair, he flies into a rage and hires assassins to kill his rival. Unfortunately for him, the killers are romantics and decide that Ann and Marco are so in love that both must die so they can be together always. When Willie finds out, he rushes over to France to try and save his wife.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Über den Gassen von Nizza See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

| (premiere)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in World by Night (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

A Paris Valentine
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
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The Man Who Understood Women: really dreadful
16 October 2009 | by awillis-557-765466See all my reviews

Amen to all the negative comments above: really dreadful. I have seen a reference to an original 135-minute running time for this film, which seems to have been reduced to 105 minutes soon after release. I also note that TCM showed a pan-and-scan version on Monday, October 12, without any mention of that by Robert Osborne. Does anyone know more about that matter? Anyway, as someone who has enjoyed almost every other performance by Henry Fonda (especially Young Mr. Lincoln, The Grapes of Wrath, The Lady Eve, The Ox Bow Incident, Advise and Consent)and Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi, Fanny) I deeply regret that they found themselves involved in this disaster.


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