Forever Female (1954)

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Sir James Barrie's whimsical play Rosalind was updated and urbanized as the 1953 film Forever Female. Ginger Rogers plays a veteran Broadway star who has optioned a play written by William Holden. Though on the less sunny side of 40, Rogers expects to play the leading role, that of a 19 year old girl. Producer Paul Douglas--who also happens to be Rogers' husband--insists that Holden alter the age of the main character. Meanwhile, iron-willed ingenue Patricia Crowley, who is far more suited to the part than Rogers, begins her own campaign to win the role. Far more enjoyable than the plot mechanics of Forever Female are the sly showbiz inside jokes, courtesy of screenwriters Julius and Philip Epstein. It's also fun to tick off the familiar faces in the supporting cast, including George Reeves as a stuffy suitor, future Mrs. Bing Crosby Katherine Grant as an auditioning actress, and Gunsmoke and Dragnet villain Vic Perrin as an effeminate set designer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

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Cast

Kathryn Grant
as Young Hopeful
William Holden
as Stanley Krown
Ginger Rogers
as Beatrice Page
Paul Douglas
as E. Harry Phillips
Marion Ross
as Patty
James Gleason
as Eddie Woods
George Reeves
as George Courtland
Jesse White
as Willie Wolfe
Pat Crowley
as Sally Carver
King Donovan
as Playwright
David Leonard
as Bill Forrest
Walter Reed
as Leading Man
Richard Shannon
as Stage Manager
Vic Perrin
as Scenic Designer
Sally Mansfield
as Young Hopeful
Alfred Paix
as Waiter
Rand Harper
as Young Hopeful
Grayce Hampton
as Olga O'Brien
Dulce Daye
as Drucille King
Russell Gaige
as Theatrical Producer
Joel Marston
as Photographer
Victor Romito
as Maitre D'
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