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Designing Woman

USA, English, 118 mins

  • Director: Vincente Minnelli
  • Writer: George Wells
  • Producer: Dore Schary; George Wells

CGiii Comment

Incredibly, Wells won the Oscar for the lacklustre writing.

In the spirit of the rom-com couples; Hepburn/Tracey, Hudson/Day - Peck/Bacall do their best with a crap story.

The script is beyond dismal. The physical comedy is rather pathetic.

Minnelli directs without panache and having gay characters that aren't really gay is another shocking indictment on Hollywood and how they and the censors manipulated everyone.

Praise be that those days are gone - long gone.


The(ir) Blurb...

When Mike Hagen and Marilla Brown marry after a whirlwind romance on the west coast, they return to New York to find that they don't have much in common. She is a clothing designer who lives in a swanky apartment and whose friends are actors, artists and the like. He is a sports writer who likes to go boxing matches and horse races. They clearly love one another and make every effort to be flexible. When a mobster, whom Mike has been accusing of fixing sports events, decides to go after him he must pretend to be out of town and mayhem ensues.

Cast & Characters

Gregory Peck as Mike Hagen;
Lauren Bacall as Marilla Brown Hagen;
Dolores Gray as Lori Shannon;
Sam Levene as Ned Hammerstein;
Tom Helmore as Zachary Wilde;
Mickey Shaughnessy as Maxie Stultz;
Jesse White as Charlie Arneg;
Chuck Connors as Johnnie 'O';
Edward Platt as Martin J. Daylor;
Alvy Moore as Luke Coslow;
Carol Veazie as Gwen;
Jack Cole as Randy Owens;
Helen Andrews as Model;
Jan Arvan as TV Director;
Rodney Bell as Drunk Reporter

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