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Designing Woman (1957)

Gregory Peck , Lauren Bacall , Vincente Minnelli  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray, Sam Levene, Tom Helmore
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U2KJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Designing Woman" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vintage publicity interview with costume designer Helen Rose
  • Cast/crew highlights

Editorial Reviews

A sportswriter who marries a fashion designer discovers that their mutual interests are few, although each has an intriguing past which makes the other jealous.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: NR
Release Date: 5-FEB-2002
Media Type: DVD

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vincent Minnelli Comedy comes to WideScreen DVD ! February 15, 2002
By forrie
Format:DVD
The great director Vincent Minnelli (Gigi, American in Paris & Meet Me in St. Louis) does an outstanding job presenting us with the 50's comedy "Designing Woman". Lauren Bacall is gorgeous in the lead and with a rare comedic performance gives us a great movie. Her leading man Gregory Peck also in a rare comedic role pulls it off masterfully under the direction of Minnelli.
This Warner Brothers DVD is very nicely done. The movie & color quality is outstanding and the WideScreen presentation fills the screen with the stars personalities. DVD Extras include a Trailer & behind-the-scenes mini documentary featuring the Costume Designer Helen Rose.
Summary: New York High Society Designing Woman (Bacall - is outstanding) meets a New York Newspaper Sports Writer (Gregory Peck - a nice change & he was delightful) at the Beverly Hills Hotel, California while on their respective assignments. After a shakey start, fall madly in love and in a few days marry.
As they return to the "Big Apple" the real adventure begins. The original Odd Couple now realize they both had separate lives and different committments. How they deal with the transition is real Hollywood humor and with the philosophy of the 1950's there must be a happy ending after they pay their dues. A Great movie!!
A very nice movie showing us the Hollywood and the Big stars we know & love to see. Enjoy.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Sex and the City June 28, 2002
By Maggie
Format:DVD
In this film, Lauren Bacall hilariously portrays the quintessential high-society, high-fashion New Yorker. While on a trip to Beverly Hills, she meets and spontaneously marries the wonderful Gregory Peck - an unassuming sports writer who has no idea exactly what he's married into. Upon their return to New York, Peck's character discovers he's married the darling of New York society as his wife is a renowned designer (think Edith Head or Helen Rose). What ensues is hilarious encounters between her society coterie and his down-home group of blue-collar writers, setting up perfectly for the witty repartee between Bacall and Peck that defines the movie. The film culminates in a fashion show-boxing rumble, once again intersecting the seemingly divergent lives of Bacall and Peck.
"Designing Woman" is a wonderful movie that gives ample opportunity for the magnificent Gregory Peck to show off his comedic skills, however subtly. I saw this film after "Roman Holiday" and it cemented my image of Peck as a dashing and charming leading man who brings out the comedic best in his leading ladies. The chemistry between Bacall and Peck is evident throughout the movie and is a testament to the adage "Opposites do attract."
This is a complete, well-told story with a solid set of supporting characters. This movie is for all those people looking for that rare superb romantic comedy. The delightful depiction of New York society makes us nostalgic for the days before the Hilton sisters.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendously funny May 16, 2002
By Chelle
Format:DVD
I love Gregory Peck. I love him as the serious, morally righteous attorney, the dashing naval captain, you name it. So, really, I should have known that he could pull off a comedic role as well. No one, I don't think, could have known how well he'd pull it off.
From his first hilarious hangover to the last "cross-eyed" fight scene, Peck is enchanting. He's completely believable in his role as a sports writer caught up in a new world of dresses and strange choreographers intruding on his poker night. And perhaps it's because he's not known as a comedic actor that he's all the more funny.
Designing Woman seems to be a little known film, but I'm certainly glad I found it because it kept me laughing, which brought others into the room to watch it with me. Now I just wish that Peck had made more movies like this.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unknown treat May 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I'd never heard of this movie, but gave it a try because of Gregory Peck. I was absolutely delighted by this sweet, charming, entertaining movie filled with funny situations, amusing characters and great stylish '50s clothes. And Gregory Peck looks his best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film with an undercurrent of sadness December 28, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have seen this beautifully made film many, many times and never get
tired of it. I hope eventually all of Vincente Minelli's films come out
on Blu-ray. They deserve to be seen in every bit of their gorgeous
detail. Even this film's flaws make it richer. Gregory Peck's acting as
sportswriter Mike Hagen is stiff and lackadaisical and Lauren
Bacall also seems somehow preoccupied (possibly with her husband
Humphrey Bogart's poor health). But their personal malaise as actors
reinforces one of the central themes of the film, that is, the near
impossibility of creating a truly compatible marriage. The sexually
ambiguous character of Randy Owens (Jack Cole) also undermines (in a
good way) the gender stereotyping that Mike Hagen and his buddies
desperately cling to. Dancer Lori Shannon and producer Zachary Wilder
are the only true adults in the film; it's their eventual pairing at
the end of the film that gives it a sense of emotional completion.

Designing Woman also presents a wonderful cinematic vision of New York;
it evokes a time when the world of musical theater and Broadway played
a central role in American popular culture.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Love, American Stale'
This movie doesn't age well and despite the great leads and good supporting cast it doesn't click. Forgive me but its basically an elaborately produced episode of 'Love, American... Read more
Published 2 days ago by ZZ-01
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun none the less; wish it was shorter
First, this movie is from 1957, a time of transition in America where women had more leisure but still no real power or say. Read more
Published 3 days ago by TXmagCA
1.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the movie but got too tired to finish it
I really enjoyed the movie but got too tired to finish it. I stopped it thinking I could Watch the rest another day! NOT! I have to rent it again!! Thats what I hate!!! Read more
Published 5 days ago by sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars Designing Studio
Dore Schary, who was head of MGM at the time this 1957 comedy was made, has his signature style all over it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allen Smalling
5.0 out of 5 stars A Don't Miss Comedy!
This is hilarious! Bacall and Peck are so simpatico it's easy to understand why they were such good friends in real life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sbroc
3.0 out of 5 stars A Designing Woman
The last time the name Lauren Bacall was mentioned in this space was when I was reviewing the film To Have And Have Not where she scorched the screen in her film debut joining... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bacall and Peck, what a pair
If you love retro styles and a funny story, you will love this movie. I highly recommend this movie if: 1. you love retro decorating, 2. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RetakeRita
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
For many many reasons. Beautiful and witty - a humorous (and more sophisticated than most) look at the many men/women incompatibilities in spite of which we keep falling in love. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Froschl&Co
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashions, Gegory & Lauren
Great show - great 50s fashions, Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck, what more could you ask for in a movie?
Published 5 months ago by Mary J
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat a good classic
There are so many reasons why this film is a must see: tongue-in-cheek acting (well done), a good yarn about jealousy never gets old, Lauren's fantastic wardrobe, and most of all... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sweetPea
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