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Red-Headed Woman (1932) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Jack Conway and produced by Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin.

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Red-Headed Woman (1932)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 22, 2018 From 4 Star Films

Ironically Harlow as a Red-Head feels more representative of her projected image than Harlow as a Platinum Blonde (1931). Lil is a malevolent seductress. A homewrecker. The queen of meretricious relations. Simultaneously frisky and fun. But she’s got one specific man (Chester Morris) on her ra... Read full article


Red-Headed Woman (1932)

By Beatrice on May 23, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Red-Headed Woman Directed by Jack Conway Written by Anita Loos from the novel by Katherine Bush 1932/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/FilmStruck Jean Harlow has sex appeal to spare. But her character is pretty unappealing in this one. Lil Andrews (Harlow) has a great body to go with her brigh... Read full article


DOUBLE BILL #10: Red-Headed Woman (1932) and Baby Face (1933)

By Carol Martinheira on Jan 9, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

DOUBLE BILL #10: Red-Headed Woman (1932) and Baby Face (1933) On January 9, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized Pre-Code. The forbidden era where anything goes. Wonderfully risqu?, daring and freeing, Pre-Code is a goldmine of genres, thoughts and attitudes, all rushing to g... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: RED-HEADED WOMAN (1932)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 25, 2013 From Virtual Virago

Red-Headed Woman (1932) mixes drama and comedy in its story of a relentless gold digger who sleeps her way up the social ladder, with Jean Harlow starring as the title character. Despite her reputation as a platinum blonde, Harlow goes red to play the sexpot siren in this Pre-Code picture directed b... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: RED-HEADED WOMAN (1932)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 25, 2013 From Virtual Virago

Red-Headed Woman (1932) mixes drama and comedy in its story of a relentless gold digger who sleeps her way up the social ladder, with Jean Harlow starring as the title character. Despite her reputation as a platinum blonde, Harlow goes red to play the sexpot siren in this Pre-Code picture directed b... Read full article


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Quotes from

Lillian 'Lil': Well you son-of-a-sea-snake! Have you got on my new pajamas?
[Sally hesitates guiltily]
Lillian 'Lil': Yeah, well you shake right out of 'em, Hortence.
Sally: [annoyed] Alright!
Lillian 'Lil': I'm too important these days to sleep informally.
[removes her blouse]
Lillian 'Lil': What if there'd be a fire?
Sally: You'd have to cover up to keep from being recognized.
[camera pans down to Lil's legs as Sally hands her the silk pajama pants]
Lillian 'Lil': [climbing into the pajamas] Say love, let's have a little more respect from you, now that I belong to one of the fine old families...
Sally: Oh, yeah? If I were you I'd go a little bit slow.
Lillian 'Lil': Whaddyou mean by that?
Sally: Well, Bill Legendre and his wife might get together and decide that you were merely a strange interlude.
Lillian 'Lil': Strange interlude, nothing! When I kiss 'em, they stay kissed for a long time.
Sally: Well, see you don't get left holdin' the bag, sweetheart, full of nothin' but air. You better hang on to that bootlegger of yours.
Lillian 'Lil': [incredulous] What? Go on with Al after Bill Legendre? Oh no, I've started on the upgrade, and whatever happens, baby, I'm in the big leagues now.


Sally: Hello, Lil. What have you been doing? A little racketeering?


Lillian 'Lil': I'm not gonna spend my whole life on the wrong side of the railroad tracks.
Sally: I hope you don't get hit by a train while you're crossing over.


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Facts about

Jean Harlow's first line is "So gentlemen prefer blondes, do they?" which was written by Anita Loos for the movie. Loos' most famous work was the 1925 novel "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".
Although the film was actually banned from public showings in Great Britain when it was originally released, King George V had a personal copy. It was finally passed uncut with an 'A' certificate in 1965.
Joan Crawford and Clara Bow were the most prominent actresses considered for the title role before the younger, less experienced Harlow was cast. There had, in fact, been so many candidates for the role that MGM's Marie Dressler donned a red wig and posed for some gag publicity stills.
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