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In this flick, she manages her company, with no holds-barred, with a hand of steel, surrounded by handsome young men, who are discarded, one after the other, when they have served "her leisure purposes". A refreshing role-reversal (an very daring then), with a woman "on top". She has all the POWER.
But then comes (then-husband in real life) George Brent, who impersonates an independent-minded executive, who changes Chatterton's life...as she were expecting such dominant male?.
Nice support by Johnny Mack Brown, Gavin Gordon and Philip Reed (a "very naive" young man or something "else"? (as stated in Vieira's book "Sin in Soft Focus", a must read for Pre-Code Fans), as some of the men, who are invited to "have dinner with her", at her lavish, very luxurious house. Ravishing clothes by Orry-Kelly.
In all, a compelling, entertaining film, with fast-talking entrepreneur Chatterton in top form.
You won't regret buying this great Pre-Code.
P.S. Look for Ferdinand Gottschalk as her (Chatterton's) elder assistant, who gives a very funny performance and delivers some highly-amusing lines.
Alison Drake (Ruth Chatterton) is quite literally a woman in a man's world. She inherited her father's booming automobile business after his death, and has run the firm with an iron fist. Male employees who catch her eye are often invited back to her mansion after-hours, and seduced to the ominous strains of "Shanghai Lil", played either on the grammophone or, most bizarrely, by an in-house organist. When any of her lovers tries to get possessive, they are promptly packed off to the Montreal factory.
Beginning to tire of her usual sex games, Alison ventures off one night to see if she can attract a man without her name or money clouding the situation. At a sideshow fair she meets Jim Thorne (George Brent), and the sparks fly naturally for a change. But Alison gets the shock of her life when, the following morning, Jim turns out to be a new employee at the car factory! Desperately in love, Alison reverts back to her old tricks in a bid to hold her man, but she's going to have to swallow her pride - and become the woman she's always kept hidden away...
Coming right at the tail-end of the pre-code era, FEMALE suffered under the wrath of the SRC (a precursor to what became the Production Code in 1934); and the film itself was banned from any possible re-release until the Production Code was dissolved in the 1950's. Married in real life at the time, Ruth Chatterton and George Brent both deliver fabulous performances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loved this film primarily b/c I remember what is was like not too long ago how a woman at the top was viewed and this is 80yrs later... some progress! Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by DoMeNiQuE CoE
Ruth Chatterton is a find, and I had never heard of her before or seen any of her movies. She is the star of this film and carries it marvelously. Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Lynn Ellingwood
Alison Drake is the powerful and wealthy owner of a car manufacturing company, and her years of working in a man's industry have hardened her. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by J. F. McCausland
This was a wonderful copy of the 1933 version of "female", I am very glad that I purchased it.Published on July 1, 2010 by mmad32031
A great movie about a female running a large company back when that was more fantasy than it is today, I am a Ruth Chatterton fan and i have about 4 of her movies. Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by debo lisa
Female is the story about a woman who acts like a man. Alison Drake (Ruth Chatterton) runs an automobile company and she uses her influence to bring men home with her. Read morePublished on January 8, 2009 by Samantha Glasser
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