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Director  Walter Lang
Cinematography  Hal Mohr
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Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Produced by  Jesse L. Lasky
Country  United States
The Warriors Husband movie poster
Release date  April 28, 1933 (1933-04-28)
Based on  The Warriors Husband  by Julian Thompson
Writer  Walter Lang, Sonya Levien, Ralph Spence, Julian Thompson (play)
Cast  Elissa Landi (Antiope), David Manners (Theseus), Ernest Truex (Sapiens), Lionel Belmore (Homer), Claudia Coleman (Heroica), Maude Eburne (Buria)
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The Warrior's Husband is a 1933 Pre-Code American comedy film which tells the story of the Amazons, who ruled over men thanks to the sacred girdle of Diana, and Hercules who came to steal it. The film is based on a 1932 Broadway play that starred Katharine Hepburn in the lead role.

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Production of Broadway play

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The Broadway play of the year before is considered as one of the breakthrough roles of Katharine Hepburn. It was a revival of a 1924 play by Julian F. Thompson (the play would re-appear in 1942 as By Jupiter). The film version was made with an entirely different cast and music.

Plot

In Pontus, the land of the Amazons, the gender roles and natures are completely reversed. Women are the strong sex, thanks to the sacred girdle of the goddess Diana (Roman names are used). It is in the care of queen Hippolyta and her sister Antiope (in the 1932 production played by Katharine Hepburn), the commander of the female armed forces. The men stay at home and take care of the children. Only Sapiens, the new husband of queen Hippolyta, advocates men's rights.

Just like the relationships are reversed, so too are the Greeks for the Amazons a legendary race that probably doesn't exist, instead of the other way around. This is about to change when two Greeks come to court to announce that Hercules needs to get the girdle of Diana to complete his twelve labours. In reality, Hercules may not be much of a threat, but his friend Theseus certainly is. Meanwhile, Sapiens, using his male wiles, is secretly trying to wreck the Amazon's defense from within. Eventually he manages to capture Hercules, and let him escape with the girdle. Without it, the Amazons lose the battle and relations go back to normal.

Main cast

  • Elissa Landi as Antiope
  • David Manners as Theseus
  • Ernest Truex as Sapiens
  • Marjorie Rambeau as Hippolyta
  • Tiny Sandford as Hercules
  • Helen Ware as Pomposia
  • Lionel Belmore as Homer
  • Maude Eburne as Buria
  • Preservation status

    The film has not been issued on home video or shown on television, although George Eastman House and the Museum of Modern Art have copies.

    References

    The Warrior's Husband Wikipedia
    The Warriors Husband IMDb The Warriors Husband themoviedb.org


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