Female (1933)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1933.  First National Pictures.  Screenplay by , , suggested by a story by .   Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Ruth Chatteron plays the head of a giant automobile manufacturing company that she inherited from her late father. She also enjoys being a swinging single gal in the evening, partying it up hard and enjoying the fellas to her heart’s content. However, if she ever stays up late with one of the boys from the office, it’s strictly business the next morning, and if he doesn’t know it, she’ll make sure he learns it fast. Things change when she meets George Brent at an amusement park and is smitten with him; imagine her surprise when he shows up for work the next morning and it turns out he’s the engineer she’s hired away from a competitor. Soon her desires are in conflict as her pride in her work competes with her desire to be a happy housewife, all the while he’s resisting her charms (but the film is only an hour long so we know it won’t be long before he’s suckered into the deal). An interesting example of pre-code filmmaking that sits on the fence; its depiction of its heroine’s sexuality is quite titillating, but its conclusion, that women are happier at home, is painfully quaint.

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