That Way with Women (1947)

83-85 mins | Romantic comedy | 29 March 1947

Writer:

Leo Townsend

Producer:

Charles Hoffman

Cinematographer:

Ted McCord

Production Designer:

Leo Kuter

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was A Very Rich Man . Earl Derr Biggers' story was also the basis for the 1922 United Artist film The Ruling Passion , directed by Harmon Weight and starring George Arliss (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4731). In 1931, Arliss starred in a second version of the story entitled The Millionaire . That film was directed by John Adolfi (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The film's working title was A Very Rich Man . Earl Derr Biggers' story was also the basis for the 1922 United Artist film The Ruling Passion , directed by Harmon Weight and starring George Arliss (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4731). In 1931, Arliss starred in a second version of the story entitled The Millionaire . That film was directed by John Adolfi (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.2883). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Feb 1947.
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Daily Variety
14 Feb 1947.
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Film Daily
14 Feb 1947.
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 46
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 46
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Feb 47
p. 3.
New York Times
15 Feb 47
p. 20.
Variety
19 Feb 47
p. 9.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Rec-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Idle Hands" by Earl Derr Biggers in The Saturday Evening Post (11 Jun 1921).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Very Rich Man
Release Date:
29 March 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 14 February 1947
Production Date:
early February--late April 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 March 1947
Copyright Number:
LP897
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83-85
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11493
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Former automobile executive James P. Alden has retired to Pasadena with his wife Minerva and daughter Marcia, but is bored by his new inactive life. During a tea party at the Alden house, Marcia meets Greg Wilson, who has come with a friend. Marcia, who is engaged to handsome Carter Andrews, tries to chat with Greg, but he insults her and her friends, whom he sees as superficial rich people, and leaves the party in a huff. Alden, who is on a restricted diet for health reasons, has hired Herman Brinker, a former employee, to secretly cook for him the elegant meals that he enjoys. One day, Alden sees an advertisement for a service station and decides to buy it as a secret hobby. The current owner tells him that she has already sold a half interest to a mechanic, who turns out to be Greg. Alden takes an immediate liking to Greg, and pretending to be Herman, goes into partnership with him. To get enough money to fix up the station, Alden pretends to borrow the money from his former employer--himself. As soon as the station becomes successful, however, Alden and Greg are approached by racketeers who demand protection money. Unknown to Alden, Carter is another racketeer, whose assignment is to marry Marcia. Alden explains his daily absences from home by claiming to visit a former employee, so when a curious Marcia finds one of the station's cards in her father's pocket, she investigates. Although she does not find Alden at the station, she ends by accepting an invitation from Greg, who promises to show her "how ordinary people ... +


Former automobile executive James P. Alden has retired to Pasadena with his wife Minerva and daughter Marcia, but is bored by his new inactive life. During a tea party at the Alden house, Marcia meets Greg Wilson, who has come with a friend. Marcia, who is engaged to handsome Carter Andrews, tries to chat with Greg, but he insults her and her friends, whom he sees as superficial rich people, and leaves the party in a huff. Alden, who is on a restricted diet for health reasons, has hired Herman Brinker, a former employee, to secretly cook for him the elegant meals that he enjoys. One day, Alden sees an advertisement for a service station and decides to buy it as a secret hobby. The current owner tells him that she has already sold a half interest to a mechanic, who turns out to be Greg. Alden takes an immediate liking to Greg, and pretending to be Herman, goes into partnership with him. To get enough money to fix up the station, Alden pretends to borrow the money from his former employer--himself. As soon as the station becomes successful, however, Alden and Greg are approached by racketeers who demand protection money. Unknown to Alden, Carter is another racketeer, whose assignment is to marry Marcia. Alden explains his daily absences from home by claiming to visit a former employee, so when a curious Marcia finds one of the station's cards in her father's pocket, she investigates. Although she does not find Alden at the station, she ends by accepting an invitation from Greg, who promises to show her "how ordinary people live." Their date at a baseball game is not a success, but Greg and Marcia are attracted to each other, although neither will admit it. In order to force Alden and Greg to pay protection money, the racketeers, meanwhile, frame them by dumping a load of stolen tires at the station. After Alden and Greg are arrested, Alden reveals his true identity. Greg does not believe him, however, and neither do the police. Greg then calls Marcia, who refuses to help at first. Later, she reconsiders but, not knowing that Greg's partner is really her father, pays only Greg's bail. Greg then tries to find "Herman's" family, and discovers the real identity of his partner. When Marcia learns that her father is missing, she convinces Herman to reveal Alden's whereabouts and returns to the jail to get him released. Alden then asks Marcia to drive Greg to their house, and by the time they arrive, the two have fallen in love. When Carter arrives at the Aldens' to elope with Marcia, Greg recognizes him as one of the racketeers and beats him up. With all the confusion finally cleared up, Marcia and Greg plan their marriage, and Alden agrees to return to Detroit to restore his failing auto company. +

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