The Opposite Sex (1956)




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The Opposite Sex is an opulent musical remake of Clare Booth Luce's The Women (1939). June Allyson stars in the old Norma Shearer role, playing the virtuous wife who loses her husband to scheming Joan Collins (as the Joan Crawford character). At first agreeing to a divorce, June decides to win hubby back by utilizing the same crafty feminine wiles that Joan had employed to lead him astray. Doloress Gray plays the counterpart to Rosalind Russell's vitriolic gossip. The original The Women boasted an all-female cast: the remake includes several male characters, played by the likes of MGM contractees Leslie Nielsen and Jeff Richards. Dick Shawn, Jim Backus and Harry James are also on hand, billed as "special guest stars." The satirical bite of The Women has been softened in The Opposite Sex, but musical fans should have a good time. Sammy Cahn, Nicholas Brodszky, Ralph Freed and George Stoll were among the songwriters; Collins, Allyson and Jeff Richards perform musical numbers in the film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Dean Jones
as Assistant Stage Manager
Jim Backus
as Psychiatrist
Leslie Nielsen
as Steve Hilliard
Agnes Moorehead
as Countess Lavaliere
Joan Blondell
as Edith Potter
Ann Miller
as Gloria Dell
Ann Sheridan
as Amanda Penrose
Jonathan Hole
as Phelps Potter
Joan Collins
as Crystal
Dick Shawn
as Singer
Bill Goodwin
as Howard Fowler
Sam Levene
as Mike Pearl
Jeff Richards
as Buck Winston
Barrie Chase
as Specialty Dancer
Jo Gilbert
as Woman Attendant
Harry James
as Himself
Dolores Gray
as Sylvia
Jonathan Hale
as Phelps Potter
Sandy Descher
as Debbie Hilliard
Ann Morriss
as Receptionist
Vera Vague
as Dolly
Jean Andren
as Gossip
Bob Hopkins
as Drunk in 21 Club
Art Mooney
as Himself
Donald Dillaway
as Box Office Man
Kay English
as Aristocratic Woman
Gail Bonney
as Gossip
Marc Wilder
as Dancer
Marjorie Hellen
as Leg model
Jerry Antes
as Leading Male Dancer
Janet Lake
as Girl on Train
Ellen Ray
as Specialty Dancer
Joe Karnes
as Pianist
Harry McKenna
as Hughie
Maxine Sermon
as Gossip
Marjorie Helen
as Leg Model
Trio Ariston
as Specialty Act
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Critic Reviews for The Opposite Sex

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

An awful remake of George Cukor's witty 1939 The Women.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

See the original "The Women" instead.

November 26, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

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June 29, 2005

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Full Review… | October 1, 2003
Austin Chronicle

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December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for The Opposite Sex

If not for anything else, watch this for the great 50's fashion inspiration! A dress-a-minute type movie...

Katrinka C.
Katrinka C.

colorful remake of "The Women" should have left the men out and June is a little pallid but Moorhead, Blondell, Collins and especially Sheridan spice this up.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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[img][/img] I hate this movie. It's awful. But I hate this movie, and yet I always watch it. I can't stand it. It's just a big ball of suckage. In this musical remake of [i]The Women[/i], June Allyson plays a happily married former nightclub singer who finds out her husband is having an affair with sexy young Joan Collins. She tries to ignore it at first, but finds she can't, so it's on to Reno, where she finds she isn't the only girl in that boat. Only, unlike most of the women there, she doesn't seem to want a divorce. Allyson is horrible. She's just an awful actress, and this is one of her worst performances. She puts absolutely no emotion behind any of her words. And the attempts to make her sexy were just ridiculous. Joan Collins isn't bad, but she lacks the raw, predatory sexuality of Crystal Allen. She's like a little girl trying to play at vamp. The supporting cast is decent, but underused. Leslie Neilson, Ann Sheridan, Ann Miller, and Joan Blondell all give good performances, but they're wasted. Some of the characters don't even need to be there. Sort of like the musical number. First of all, they're crappy number with annoying songs, and they're completely unneccesary. Which makes it even more annoying. [b]Final Grade: [/b]D+

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

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