Red-Headed Woman

Red-Headed Woman is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on a novel of the same name by Katharine Brush, and with a screenplay by Anita Loos.wikipedia
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Red-Headed Woman is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on a novel of the same name by Katharine Brush, and with a screenplay by Anita Loos.
Strong female characters were ubiquitous in such pre-Code films as Female, Baby Face, and Red-Headed Woman.

Chester Morris

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She seduces her wealthy boss William "Bill" Legendre Jr. (Chester Morris) and cleverly breaks up his marriage with his loving wife Irene (Leila Hyams).
For the next two years, he worked steadily in films for United Artists and MGM and was cast opposite Jean Harlow in the 1932 comedy-drama Red-Headed Woman.

Katharine Brush

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Red-Headed Woman is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on a novel of the same name by Katharine Brush, and with a screenplay by Anita Loos.
Brush, however, is probably best known today for her subsequent novel Red-Headed Woman, which was made into a film in 1932 starring Jean Harlow which was considered a pre-code classic for its racy humor; playwright Anita Loos adapted the story for the screen.

Anita Loos

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Red-Headed Woman is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on a novel of the same name by Katharine Brush, and with a screenplay by Anita Loos.
The first project Thalberg handed Loos was Jean Harlow's Red-Headed Woman because F. Scott Fitzgerald was having no luck adapting Katherine Brush's book.

Henry Stephenson

When Charles B. Gaerste (Henry Stephenson), a nationally known coal tycoon and the main customer of the Legendre's company, visits the city, Lil thinks she has found a way to force her way into the highest social circles.
In the same year, he played the tycoon C.B. Gaerste in Red-Headed Woman, Leslie Howard's father Rufus Collier in The Animal Kingdom and Doctor Alliot in A Bill of Divorcement.

Jack Conway (filmmaker)

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It was directed by Jack Conway, and stars Jean Harlow as a woman who uses sex to advance her social position.
Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Leila Hyams

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She seduces her wealthy boss William "Bill" Legendre Jr. (Chester Morris) and cleverly breaks up his marriage with his loving wife Irene (Leila Hyams).
She also appeared in the once controversial Jean Harlow film Red-Headed Woman (1932), the musical comedy The Big Broadcast (1932) with Bing Crosby, George Burns, and Gracie Allen, and was praised for her comedic performance in Ruggles of Red Gap (1935).

Charles Boyer

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They find that she is conducting not one, but two affairs, with Charles and his handsome French chauffeur Albert (Charles Boyer).
He had a choice small role in Jean Harlow's Red-Headed Woman (1932) at MGM.

Jean Harlow

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It was directed by Jack Conway, and stars Jean Harlow as a woman who uses sex to advance her social position.
In 1932, she starred in the comedy Red-Headed Woman, for which she received $1,250 a week.

Una Merkel

She seduces Charles, then blackmails him into throwing a party at her mansion, knowing that no one would dare offend him by not showing up. It seems like a social coup for Lil, until her hairdresser friend and confidante Sally (Una Merkel) points out that all the guests have left early to attend a surprise party for Irene (who lives across the street).

Lewis Stone

However, Lil finds herself shunned by high society, including Bill's father, Will Legendre, Sr. (Lewis Stone), because of her lower-class origins and homewrecking.
Red-Headed Woman (1932) as William Legendre Sr.

Raymond B. Egan

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He also wrote a number of songs for the films Paramount on Parade, Red-Headed Woman, The Prizefighter and the Lady and MGM's 1932 Lord Byron of Broadway.

Clara Bow

Before casting Harlow, MGM considered casting Clara Bow as Lillian Andrews, who originally agreed to take the part but objected to the "future services" option demanded by the studio.
Mary Pickford stated that Bow "was a very great actress" and wanted her to play her sister in Secrets (1933), Howard Hughes offered her a three-picture deal, and MGM wanted her to star in Red-Headed Woman (1932).

Harold Rosson

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The two had worked together previously on Red-Headed Woman, Dinner at Eight, Hold Your Man and Red Dust and had struck up a friendship.

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Red-Headed Woman is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on a novel of the same name by Katharine Brush, and with a screenplay by Anita Loos.

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Red-Headed Woman is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on a novel of the same name by Katharine Brush, and with a screenplay by Anita Loos.

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Red-Headed Woman is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on a novel of the same name by Katharine Brush, and with a screenplay by Anita Loos.

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Humiliated, she decides to move to New York City, even if it means a temporary separation from her husband.

Chauffeur

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They find that she is conducting not one, but two affairs, with Charles and his handsome French chauffeur Albert (Charles Boyer).

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Two years later, he sees her again, at a racetrack in Paris, in the company of an aged Frenchman.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marcel de Sano were originally hired to collaborate on creating a script adapted from Katherine Brush's 1931 novel.