Woman’s World


(out of 5)

This film belongs beside the Sirkian melodramas of the 1950s that seemed harmless but really had important social messages underlining them, though in this case the message isn’t too subtle and the overall quality isn’t up there with All That Heaven Allows or Written On The Wind. An auto plant president () invites three couples to New York City in order to decide which of the businessmen he’d like to have take over the position of General Manager at his factory. While the three gentlemen (, , ) are quite anxious to prove their worthiness for the job, the real test of strength is in their wives. Webb knows full well that he expects just as much from executives’ wives as he does from their husbands, and so puts all three women (, , ) to an equal test. The film’s viewpoint, that the world is run by women who are hiding behind men, is ironic even now, but the process is enjoyable and the characters interesting. Bacall is especially fetching, though this is low-grade material considering the stuff she was doing in the forties. Directed by Jean Negulesco with his usual splashy sense of costumes and sets.

Twentieth Century Fox

USA, 1954

Directed by

Screenplay by , , , , , from a story by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by Cyril J. Mockridge

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by



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