Woman’s World Needing to fill the position of general manager of his company, and believing that an executive’s wife is crucial to her husband’s success, auto industry mogul Gifford brings three couples to New York to size up: Jerry and Carol: he hard-driven and self-reliant, she willing to use her beauty to further her husband’s career; Sid and Elizabeth, he ulcer-ridden and torn between achieving success and restoring their troubled marriage, she positive that his job will kill him, but gamely agreeing to play the good wife for the duration; and down-to-earth Bill, whose good-natured Katie fears that his promotion would spell the end of their idyllic familiy existence.
A simply and great ’50s comedy
Woman’s World it’s one of the most underrated (and forgotten) comedies made in Hollywood during the 1950s. And personally I found it very funny and the plot kept me interested troughout the movie.
Three men aspire for a promotion in a car company, and the president (Webb) decides that each is fit for the job, but his decision will be based on their wives. Bill (Wilde) and Katie (Allyson) care about each other too much, Sid (MacMurray) and Elizabeth (Bacall) fight constantly as he is a workaholic, and Jerry (Heflin) and Carol (Dahl) seem to want the job no matter what it takes, and Carol lets herself more free from her husband, letting him take the job.
This movie is directed by Jean Negulesco, fresh from the success of ”How to Marry a Milionaire”, and the cast is top-notch. Cornel Wilde and June Allyson are awesome, and Allyson’s character was so funny and goofy; Lauren Bacall and Fred MacMurray are as always excellent, and Van Heflin and Arlene Dahl were also funny, especially Arlene as a mischievous wife. And Clifton Webb did also a fine job here. I loved it very much and Woman’s World it’s nothing revolutionary, but only funny and likeable.
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