Red Headed Woman

  • 1932
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A saucy and candid tale of a sinful redhead, Harlow, who manages to hold down her stenographer's job by appealing to the company's wealthy boss, Morris. He becomes so obsessed with her sensuality that he obtains a divorce from his wife, Hyams, and jumps into a marriage with Harlow. Before long, however, Harlow's true nature begins to surface. She is looked...read more

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A saucy and candid tale of a sinful redhead, Harlow, who manages to hold down her stenographer's job by appealing to the company's wealthy boss, Morris. He becomes so obsessed with her sensuality that he obtains a divorce from his wife, Hyams, and jumps into a marriage with Harlow. Before

long, however, Harlow's true nature begins to surface. She is looked down upon by the high-society crowd and must resort to pressuring the prominent Stephenson into inviting his friends to a party she is throwing. When the guests decide to drop in on Hyams, Harlow becomes vindictive and causes a

scene. Morris then learns from his father, Stone, that Harlow is intimately involved with both Stephenson and her chauffeur, Boyer. When Morris learns that Stephenson has offered to marry Harlow, he steps in and tells him that she has been vamping around with Boyer. Morris barely escapes with his

life when Harlow, after failing to bring about a reconciliation after losing Stephenson, fires a gun at Boyer. Realizing that he is out of his league with Harlow, Morris returns to Hyams and settles down to a simpler life. Some time later, while Morris and Hyams are vacationing, they see Harlow

accepting a horse-racing trophy at the Grand Prix. Harlow, still accompanied by Boyer, has found herself a new victim by playing mistress to a nobleman. Garnering countless favorable reviews, Harlow proved with RED HEADED WOMAN that she was a sure-fire box-office hit, even when she covered her

famed platinum hair with a red wig. For Boyer, this was only his third American film, and although the role was a small one, it was pivotal to the plot. After appearing in two Paramount films, Boyer finally got his chance to appear in an MGM production. Larry Swindell's biography of Boyer quotes

the star as saying: "I liked all the people involved, but the reason I agreed to play the chauffeur was simply that it was an MGM picture. In France and everywhere else, MGM pictures seem more important than those of any other company." The final product (which was originally planned as a Joan

Crawford vehicle) titillated many an audience, but also drew strong criticism from the excessively moralistic Hays Office, chiefly because Harlow's wicked ways go unpunished. London's censors reacted even more strongly by refusing to allow the film a British release.

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