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A Woman Rebels (1936)





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Anthony Veiller and Ernest Vajda adapted Netta Stryett's novel Portrait Of A Rebel for this drama about a woman who fights for women's rights in Victorian England. Film debut of Van Heflin.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Ernest Vajda, Anthony Veiller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 20, 2009
Warner Home Video


Katharine Hepburn
as Pamela Thistlewaite
Herbert Marshall
as Thomas Lane
Elizabeth Allan
as Flora Thistlewaite
Donald Crisp
as Judge Thistlewaite
Doris Dudley
as Young Flora
Lucile Watson
as Betty Bumble
Van Heflin
as Gerald
Margaret Seddon
as Aunt Serena
Molly Lamont
as Young Girl
Lionel Pape
as Mr. White
Constance Lupino
as Lady Gaythorne
Nick Thompson
as Signor Grassi
Inez Palange
as Signora Grassi
Joe Mack
as Italian
Tony Romero
as Italian Boy
Joseph P. Mack
as Italian Bit
Marilyn French
as Flora as an Infant
Bonnie June McNamara
as Flora at Age 5
Marilyn Knowlden
as Flora at Age 10
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This movie was a bit preachy on the topic of women's lib, but I thought it was fascinating how advanced the movement was becoming, even back in 1936 when the movie was released. Katharine Hepburn plays a woman who was raised by a cold hearted father, which urges her into the arms of a rebelious character. She consequently gets pregnant out of wed-lock and tries to hide this fact by claiming the child is that of her deceased sister who happened to also be pregnant at the time she died. She goes through life as a single parent, and supporting herself. She has a hard time finding a company that will employ a woman but eventually begins a successful career as a writer for a women's magazine, addressing the issue of gender equality. She refuses to marry for fear her secret might come out and cause a scandal for the man she loves. She sacrifices her own happiness to protect the people she cares most about and becomes a popular icon in the process.

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