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Designing Woman (1957) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Dore Schary, Roger Edens and George Wells.

Academy Awards 1957 --- Ceremony Number 30 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingGeorge WellsWon
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From Helen Rose to Nolan Miller - Interview with Designing Woman Jorjett Strumme

on Mar 13, 2019 From GlamAmor

There are many of us who long to have lived during the Golden Age of Hollywood, or at least during the last breath of that glorious time. I recently became acquainted with someone who did just that - Jorjett Strumme. You could consider her a classic film Zelig. She left Oregon in her early 20s for t... Read full article


On Blu-ray: Bacall and Peck in Designing Woman (1957)

By KC on Aug 1, 2018 From Classic Movies

There’s a particular kind of mood that a film like Vincente Minnelli’s Designing Woman (1957) fulfills. It doesn’t go deep, but sometimes it is the beautiful milieu you deeply desire. Everyone onscreen looks well groomed, even the people who are supposed to be slobs, the sets are g... Read full article


Carole Lombard, designing woman

By carole_and_co on May 20, 2018 From Carole & Co.

As we've stated in previous entries, Carole Lombard's relative lack of formal education never prevented her from high achievement in the movie industry -- not merely as an actress, but in executive areas as well.She's shown directing Alfred Hitchcock through his customary cameo in "Mr. & Mrs, Smith,... Read full article


The Odd Stew of Designing Woman

By Judy on Dec 16, 2016 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

It’ surprising the screenplay for Designing Woman (1957) won George Wells an Oscar, given its strange stew of marital conflict, mob threats, brain damage, fashion, and acrobatic fight moves. But there is a cleverness to it, and some insights about marriage one doesn’t usually get in a co... Read full article


Designing Woman (1957)

By Beatrice on Jun 16, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Designing Woman Directed by Vincente Minnelli Written by George Wells 1957/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Netflix rental This is a broad MGM Technicolor romantic comedy, full of late 50’s atmosphere and style. The clothes were my favorite part. Mike Hagen (Gregory Peck) and Marilla... Read full article


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Quotes from

Marilla Hagen: We never argue anymore. And when we do, it never lasts more than a week or two.


Mike Hagen: Why is it that you can't stand the sight of blood on anyone but me?


Mike Hagen: I'm going into the men's room now, to change into the bus boy's green pants.


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Facts about

James Stewart and Grace Kelly were intended to be the co-stars of this movie, but when Kelly became betrothed to Prince Rainier of Monaco, Stewart decided not to do it (a decision he later said he regretted), and the leading roles went to Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall.
George Burns later told Gregory Peck that his reaction to getting the plate turned over in his lap was one of the best of its kind Burns had ever seen.
MGM costume designer Helen Rose came up with the idea for this movie about a fashion designer.
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