Female (1933)

60 or 65 mins | Comedy-drama | 11 November 1933

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to FD , Johnny Mack Brown replaced Lyle Talbot. William Dieterle was originally assigned to direct but according to a news item in 8 Aug 1933 FD , William Wellman replaced him when Dieterle became seriously ill. Michael Curtiz took over directorial duties when Wellman had to begin College Coach . IP indicates that Henry Blanke was originally the producer. Warner Bros. production records in the file on the film at the AMPAS library state that the film was made for a total cost of $260,000. According to modern sources, shots of the heroine's house were filmed at the Ennis House in the Hollywood Hills, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Modern sources list these additional players: Larry Steers, Wallis Clark, Dick Winslow, Bob McKenzie and Ethel ... More Less

According to FD , Johnny Mack Brown replaced Lyle Talbot. William Dieterle was originally assigned to direct but according to a news item in 8 Aug 1933 FD , William Wellman replaced him when Dieterle became seriously ill. Michael Curtiz took over directorial duties when Wellman had to begin College Coach . IP indicates that Henry Blanke was originally the producer. Warner Bros. production records in the file on the film at the AMPAS library state that the film was made for a total cost of $260,000. According to modern sources, shots of the heroine's house were filmed at the Ennis House in the Hollywood Hills, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Modern sources list these additional players: Larry Steers, Wallis Clark, Dick Winslow, Bob McKenzie and Ethel Wales. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Oct 33
p. 3.
Daily Variety
11 Oct 33
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Aug 33
p. 10.
Film Daily
11 Sep 33
p. 7.
Film Daily
4 Nov 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 33
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Aug 33
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Oct 33
p. 39.
New York Times
14 Nov 33
p. 18.
Variety
7 Nov 33
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Fill-In dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
Rec eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Chief elec
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the novel Female by Donald Henderson Clarke (New York, 1932).
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 November 1933
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 November 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4261
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 65
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Alison Drake, president of a large automobile company she took over after her father's death, is cynical about love. She casually seduces the attractive men in her company, but the brief, meaningless affairs only add to her boredom and confirm her belief that men, like women, can be bought with money and power. One night, in search of excitement, Alison goes to a shooting gallery and meets an attractive young man, who surprises her by declining her sexual advances. The next day, she meets the young man at the company and discovers that he is Jim Thorne, the prominent automobile designer she has just hired, sight unseen. She coolly discusses business with him, then, following her usual pattern, invites him to her home for dinner that night. Expecting another conquest after plying him with vodka, Alison is surprised when Jim rebuffs her again and insists that their relationship remain strictly business. Determined to break him, Alison successfully tricks Jim into meeting her alone on what he was told would be a company picnic in the country. Finally charmed when Alison behaves in a more down-to-earth manner, Jim succumbs to her. When he asks her to marry him, though, it is she who turns him down. Furious, Jim quits the company and leaves town. Finally realizing that she cares more for Jim than her company, Alison follows him, determined that even a financial meeting in New York that is critical to the survival of her company is not worthwhile. When she finally catches up with Jim at a carnival shooting gallery, she tearfully admits that she was willing to risk bankruptcy ... +


Alison Drake, president of a large automobile company she took over after her father's death, is cynical about love. She casually seduces the attractive men in her company, but the brief, meaningless affairs only add to her boredom and confirm her belief that men, like women, can be bought with money and power. One night, in search of excitement, Alison goes to a shooting gallery and meets an attractive young man, who surprises her by declining her sexual advances. The next day, she meets the young man at the company and discovers that he is Jim Thorne, the prominent automobile designer she has just hired, sight unseen. She coolly discusses business with him, then, following her usual pattern, invites him to her home for dinner that night. Expecting another conquest after plying him with vodka, Alison is surprised when Jim rebuffs her again and insists that their relationship remain strictly business. Determined to break him, Alison successfully tricks Jim into meeting her alone on what he was told would be a company picnic in the country. Finally charmed when Alison behaves in a more down-to-earth manner, Jim succumbs to her. When he asks her to marry him, though, it is she who turns him down. Furious, Jim quits the company and leaves town. Finally realizing that she cares more for Jim than her company, Alison follows him, determined that even a financial meeting in New York that is critical to the survival of her company is not worthwhile. When she finally catches up with Jim at a carnival shooting gallery, she tearfully admits that she was willing to risk bankruptcy to find him. He accepts her love, then, affirming that no one will take her company away from her, he takes the wheel of her car and races toward New York so that she will be there on time for the meeting. As they are driving, she happily reveals that, after they marry, she plans to let him run the company while she stays at home to take care of their children. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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