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- kevin sellers
Kind of ironic that this pre code film about a sexually aggressive female tycoon ends on a decidedly post code, 1950s family values note, with Ruth Chatterton's strong woman throwing up the business that she obviously loves for the man she loves (to whom she bequeathes said business) and a planned nine kids! From captain of industry to dull hausfrau in just over one hour. And if that isn't deflating enough there is also the general clunkiness of the screenplay which asks us to buy the ridiculousness of George Brent's newly hired inventor not knowing that the boss of the company that's just hired him is a woman. Especially since, in 1933, there weren't any. Where I come from that's called a story hole. Pretty big one, too. On the plus side you have some good chemistry between Chatterton and Brent (not surprising since they were husband and wife) as well as an interesting performance from an actor I've not seen before named Ferdinand Gottshalk playing an insidious but sympathetic grandfather figure to Chatterton. And I agree that the use of Frank Lloyd Wright's neo Egyptian Hollywood Hills house is most arresting and is a good visual match for Chatterton's pre code, pre marriage dominant personality So, let's give it a C plus.
I love the feel of this movie .I think Ruth Chatterton was a fabulous dramatic actress . I like to escape today's stresses with a good old movie just like this one .
- Candace L.H.
If you love Art Deco anything, this movie will slay you or slay you and make you terribly happy too! The acting is on point with some fabulous character Actors showing how the craft is done. If you are a George Brent fan or able to recognize his work, you'll be amazed to see this youthful profile, he's never looked better. His performance is so natural, it seems a subtly crafted lesson in less is more. Ruth Chatterton is a chameleon and fabulous clotheshorse. The cinematography is cool. I thought the camera loved each character in it's own way. In frame after frame there is some Deco morsel, outfit, interior design, architecture or car imagery that is just impossible to live without, remembering. To say nothing of the scenes filmed at a Hollywood residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I've never quite, seen such life take place in one of his creations, other than the Guggenheim in NYC. A trip to watch, especially when you consider it was filmed way before the sexual revolution and in the middle of the worst depression suffered in the 20th century.
Ruth Chatterton shines despite her weird theatrical accent. Fun movie, if taken lightly with a "glass of vodka".Worth watching for the very very cool art deco sets, and vintage clothes - especially love the swimming pool. Love the 'pillow tossing" seduction moves..
Kind of silly!
I have a love/hate relationship with Ruth Chatterton. Three years after this film, she made "Dodsworth," considered her finest, but it's also the one that made me loathe her, as her character in that film was beyond despicable. It's amazing to me that prior to "Dodsworth," film studios didn't see the strength in Chatterton's acting abilities. Her entire film career only covered ten years. Just imagine what films we could have enjoyed had she stayed in the business! "Female" is a rather silly film, partly redeemed by the gorgeous George Brent who plays Chatterton's first hard-to-get male friend. (Brent was also Chatterton's second husband in real life!) Buying a younger man's affections rather than getting involved with one has been done for decades and, today, we call these women "cougars." "Female" is an okay film but it isn't Chatterton at her best.
The movie Female, I believe from the 1933's in black and white, is a great romantic movie. I saw a part of it once and it was so suspencful I couldnt stop watching it. I missed the ending though and I was wondering if it would be aburrden to ask if you could show it on air soon. That would be lovely. Thank you for your time.
- diva d
1933 what a powerful women i didnt know they made movies like this back then.I recommend this to all classic movie lovers