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Designing Woman

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Genre  Comedy, Romance
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Country  United States
6.9/10 IMDb

Director  Vincente Minnelli
Initial DVD release  February 5, 2002
Writer  George Wells
Language  English
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Release date  May 16, 1957 (1957-05-16)
Music director  Andre Previn, Billy Higgins
Cast  Gregory Peck (Mike Hagen), Lauren Bacall (Marilla Brown Hagen), Dolores Gray (Lori Shannon), Sam Levene (Ned Hammerstein), Tom Helmore (Zachary Wilde), Mickey Shaughnessy (Maxie Stultz)
Similar movies  101 Dalmatians, Sex and the City, Raising Helen, Sweet Home Alabama, Vaaliba Raja, Chalte Chalte
Tagline  His world is guys and dolls! Her world is gowns and glamor!

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Designing Woman is a 1957 romantic comedy about fashion. Vincente Minnelli directed stars Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck. George Wells won an Academy Award for the screenplay.

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Plot

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In California covering a golf tournament, New York sports reporter Mike Hagen (Gregory Peck) correctly chooses the winning golfer in the reporters' betting pool. With the $1200 he won, Mike begins buying drinks. The next morning he awakes with no memory of the night before. Hung over and believing that he failed to file his story, Mike sits beside the hotel pool drinking coffee. When an unfamiliar woman, Marilla Brown (Lauren Bacall), approaches him, Mike, through a series of misunderstandings, assumes she is a prostitute. As Marilla heatedly begins to correct him, he receives a call from his editor telling him he had received Mike's story, but that a corrupt boxing promoter was threatening Mike. Ending the call, Mike returns to Marilla who explains that she had helped him write his story. This begins a whirlwind eight day romance which ends with marriage. Only on the flight back to New York does Mike begin to discover that Marilla had hidden the details of her job, wealth and family connections in order to land Mike. This quickly causes friction.

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Mike is a sportswriter and poker enthusiast with working-class friends. Marilla designs clothes for a wide array of artistic personalities. Their friends clash memorably one Wednesday night when his Poker Club and her Drama Society both convene at Marilla's apartment.

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Marilla becomes suspicious of Mike after she finds a photograph of Lori Shannon (Dolores Gray), Mike's former girlfriend. Mike tries to hide his former relationship, but fails miserably. Complicating matters even further is Mike's continuing series of exposés of the activities of crooked boxing promoter Martin Daylor (Edward Platt). Mike's life is in danger, but he hides that from his wife too. What results is a series of misunderstandings and mishaps.

Cast

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  • Gregory Peck as Mike Hagen
  • Lauren Bacall as Marilla Brown Hagen
  • Dolores Gray as Lori Shannon
  • Sam Levene as Ned Hammerstein, Mike's editor
  • Tom Helmore as Zachary Wilde, Marilla's former boyfriend
  • Mickey Shaughnessy as Maxie Stultz, a punch-drunk ex-boxer friend of Mike's
  • Jesse White as Charlie Arneg
  • Edward Platt as Martin J. Daylor
  • Chuck Connors as Johnnie 'O', one of Daylor's henchmen
  • Richard Deacon as Larry Musso (uncredited)
  • Dean Jones as Assistant Stage Manager in Boston (uncredited)
  • Sid Melton as Miltie, Henchman (uncredited)

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    One of the supporting actors was the famed choreographer Jack Cole.

    Background

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    The original concept for the film reportedly came from Helen Rose, who designed dozens of gowns and dresses for Bacall for Designing Woman. She gives an interview / screen test in the DVD's special features.

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    Lauren Bacall was dealing with husband Humphrey Bogart's eventually-fatal illness during the shooting. According to her autobiography, she took the role (which was originally intended for Grace Kelly) in order to avoid her home situation, but in interviews she said that this film was among her favorites, and that she desperately wanted the part, even accepting a lower salary. She said that Grace Kelly considered the part to have been written for her, and would never forgive Bacall, adding "She got the prince, I got the part".

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    Bogart died January 14, 1957, four months before the film's release.

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    Both James Stewart and Cary Grant turned down the role that went to Peck (Grant citing the heavy drinking of the character as the main reason).

    Box office

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    According to MGM records the film earned $2,175,000 in the US and Canada and $1,575,000 elsewhere resulting in a small loss of $136,000.

    Reception

    The movie ended up being one of both Bacall and Peck's more successful films both critically and commercially, with Bosley Crowther of the New York Times comparing the leading couple with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and stating, "(the film) obviously endeavors to generate the same kind of verve and general sardonic humor as flowed from that older comedy team. It does, too — at least, in certain stretches."

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    As for modern reviews, Rotten Tomatoes has given Designing Woman an overall positive note, regarding it 72 percent "fresh" as opposed to "rotten", while the website Allmovie.com gives it two and a half stars out of five, crediting Bacall for giving a "sparkling comic performance".

    DVDverdict.com proclaims the comedy as "shiny, polished, and entertaining" and states that "it has held its value well over the years."

    Awards and nominations

  • Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen (George Wells) - won
  • Laurel Award for Top Female Comedy Performance (Lauren Bacall) - 3rd place
  • Laurel Award for Top Comedy - fifth place
  • Writers Guild of America's WGA Award for Best Written American Comedy - nominated
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    References

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