Female (film)

Female (film)

Infobox Film
name = Female

image_size =
caption = VHS cover
director = Michael Curtiz
William Dieterle "(uncredited)"
William A. Wellman
"(uncredited, 17 scenes)"
producer = Robert Presnell Sr.
writer = Donald Henderson Clarke "(story)"
Gene Markey
Kathryn Scola
narrator =
starring = Ruth Chatterton
George Brent
music =
cinematography =
editing =
distributor = Warner Bros.
released = November 11, fy|1933
runtime = 60 minutes
country = FilmUS
language = English
budget =
gross =
imdb_id = 0024008

"Female" is a fy|1933 film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Ruth Chatterton and George Brent. It was produced by Warner Bros..


Alison Drake (Ruth Chatterton) is a hard-driving, no-nonsense, wealthy owner and head of a large automobile company. Her work has caused her to lose her youthful romanticism, and she has casual affairs with men, not excluding her own employees.

Alison hosts a party at her mansion, but becomes fed up with the men out to either sell her things or marry her for her money. She changes her clothes and goes to an amusement park, where she picks up a man at a shooting gallery. They have fun together, but he refuses her offer to go home with him.

The next day, they meet again at her factory. To her astonishment, he turns out to be Jim Thorne (George Brent), a gifted engineer she has ordered her underlings to hire away from her competition. Saying that she has no time now, Alison has him come to her mansion that night, supposedly to discuss his plans in detail. She attempts to seduce him, but he rejects her as anything other than his employer.

Annoyed, she turns to her assistant, Pettigew (Ferdinand Gottschalk), for advice. He tells her that men want women who are softer and less independent, so she adjusts her tactics. She tricks Jim into a picnic and wears him down. In the end, he succumbs to her charms.

The next day, he shows up at her office with a marriage license, but she informs him that she is likes their relationship just the way it is. Outraged, he quits.

Alison has another problem on her hands. Her company needs more financing to survive, but another firm is intent on taking advantage of the situation to take over and has gotten the local banks to turn her down. She sets up an appointment to meet with bankers in New York City, but then breaks down when she realizes that she cannot live without Jim.

She has the police track down which way he went and drives off after him. She eventually finds him (at another shooting gallery) and tells him that she is willing to get married. Then, he realizes that they can fly to New York in time to save her company. Even so, she tells him that he will run the firm, while she has nine children.


*Ruth Chatterton as Alison Drake
*George Brent as Jim Thorne
*Lois Wilson as Harriet Brown
*Johnny Mack Brown as George Cooper
*Ruth Donnelly as Miss Frothingham
*Ferdinand Gottschalk as Pettigew
*Phillip Reed as Claybourne
*Gavin Gordon as Briggs
*Kenneth Thompson as Red
*Huey White as Puggy
*Douglas Dumbrille as Mumford


Three directors worked on this film. William Dieterle began the film, and William Wellman took over to complete it when Dieterle became ill. When Warner's production head, Jack Warner, decided he didn't like an actor in the film (either Lyle Talbot or George Blackwood, depending on the source), Wellman wasn't available because he had starting shooting "College Coach", so Michael Curtiz was brought in to re-shoot with Johnny Mack Brown as the replacement actor. Curtiz ended up with the sole screen credit. [IMDB [http://imdb.com/title/tt0024008/ Female] ] TCM [http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=766&category=Notes Notes for Female] ] [Brian Cady [http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=766&category=Articles "Female" (TCM article)] ]

The film, which cost between $260,000 and $286,000 to make, and brought in $451,000 worldwide,was made at Warners' Burbank studios, with exterior shots of Chatterton's house filmed at Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House in the Hollywood Hills. [IMDB [http://imdb.com/title/tt0024008/business Business Data] ]


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