The Wiser Sex


1h 16m 1932

Film Details

Also Known As
The Weaker Sex
Release Date
Mar 18, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Long Island--Astoria, New York, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Woman in the Case by Clyde Fitch (New York, 21 Jan 1905).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

After prosecutor David Rolfe has racketeer Benny Morgan arrested, mobster Harry Evans gives orders to his chauffeur to kill David, but the chauffeur fails. The next day, David's fiancée, Margaret Hughes, leaves on a cruise with Jimmy O'Neill, her friendly suitor, warning David she won't marry a man for whom work is more important than she. David cannot give Margaret a proper bon voyage because he is trying to save his naïve young cousin, Phil Long, from the clutches of gold-digging moll Claire Foster, with whom David used to be involved. When David warns Phil that Claire belongs to Evans, Phil takes David's revolver with him to Claire's hotel to confront her. Evans enters in his housecoat and Phil shoots him in the arm. They struggle and Phil is killed. When David arrives, Claire, on Evans' orders, says Phil killed himself, then calls the police and frames David as the killer. In court, David's defense is greatly weakened by Claire's acting ability, and she successfully seduces the all-male jury. Margaret returns for the trial and remarks that a jury of the "wiser sex" would see right through Claire's histrionics. In order to gather evidence, Margaret goes undercover as blonde gold digger Ruby Kennedy and takes a room adjacent to Claire's. Through diamonds and liquor, Margaret befriends Claire and wheedles her into revealing more about the case. Jimmy and Margaret throw a party for Claire and Evans, and Evans makes several passes at Margaret. During the party, Evans' cook, Fritz, who helped him with his wound the morning of the murder, accidentally bumps Evans' arm and Evans scolds him for calling attention to it. The next day, Fritz is found dead, and Margaret now knows the missing bullet from David's gun is lodged in Evans. Margaret then meets Evans for a rendezvous, while Jimmy tells Claire he has lost her to Evans. As Evans' chauffeur identifies Margaret, Claire enters in a jealous rage and reveals Evans as Phil's murderer. Due to the sleuthing abilities of the "wiser sex," David is released and marries Margaret.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Weaker Sex
Release Date
Mar 18, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Long Island--Astoria, New York, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Woman in the Case by Clyde Fitch (New York, 21 Jan 1905).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Trivia

Notes

The working title of the film was The Weaker Sex. Clyde Fitch's play was first filmed by Famous Players' in 1916 as The Woman in the Case, directed by Hugh Ford and starring Pauline Frederick (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.5076). Famous Players-Lasky's 1922 production, The Law and the Woman, directed by Penrhyn Stanlaws and starring Betty Compson, was also based on Fitch's play (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3000).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1932

Released in United States November 2002

Released in United States 1932

Released in United States November 2002 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Preservation - Archival) November 7-17, 2002.)