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Female (1933)




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Ruth Chatterton tears up the screen in this fast-paced, lusty comedy. Alison Drake is an automobile magnate, a hard-nosed, hardboiled business woman making dozens of important decisions a day. In her private life, however, she is passionate and bold in her pursuit of male companionship, which she frequently finds among the ranks of her own employees and executives; the problem is that these men can't abide the fact that back at work, she's all business again; and she keeps having to get their long, mopey faces out of her presence by transferring them elsewhere. Then she meets Jim Thorne (George Brent), a gifted engineer who is attracted to Drake but isn't a callow, kowtowing yes-man, and isn't awed by her millions. After a few awkward encounters, they find a balance in their lives together, or so she thinks, until he proposes marriage.


Ruth Chatterton
as Alison Drake
George Brent
as Jim Thorne
Philip Faversham
as Claybourne
Ruth Donnelly
as Miss Frothingham
Lois Wilson
as Harriet Brown
Phillip Reed
as Claybourne
Robert Warwick
as Attorney Bradley (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Female

All Critics (5)

Exuberant romantic drama, about a powerful female business woman and her romances.

May 17, 2017 | Full Review…

The Chatterton character's appetite for sex is large: She cherry-picks the men in her factory and invites them to her spectacular home for business meetings that turn into seductions. When she's ready, she tosses a pillow onto a fur rug on the floor.

June 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This slick romantic comedy offers 'the before its time sophisticated concept' that a woman can run a large company.

March 6, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Female is more than just a museum piece from that short era after the introduction of sound and before the enforcement of the Hays Code; it's a strangely involving, patently absurd, wildly entertaining movie.

May 28, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Female


Starts out zesty and modern and is quite entertaining until the cop out ending.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Ruth Chatterton is a trail blazing feminist with the hots for George Brent. An atypical romance that becomes decidedly typical as it progresses.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A woman runs a factory after her father's death, which was highly unusual for the 30s. She treats men the way men treat women, which to her means with little respect and only to get what she wants from them. That part of the movie was interesting, but then she falls in love and the movie ends in a predictable manner.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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