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Forever Female
     

Forever Female

Director: Irving Rapper, Ginger Rogers, William Holden, Paul Douglas

Cast: Irving Rapper, Ginger Rogers, William Holden, Paul Douglas

 

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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'

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it owes a bit to All About Eve, Forever Female is definitely much more lighthearted in its approach to the problems confronting an actress who simply will not play parts that are age-appropriate. Although there are plenty of wisecracks and snappy rejoinders liberally peppered throughout the Epstein Brothers script, there's little of the sharpness and cynicism of Eve -- which is ultimately good, as it lets Female be judged on its own enjoyable if lightweight merits, rather than as an Eve imitator. The Epstein screenplay is tightly constructed, and there's not a lot of fat to the film's 93 minutes. Irving Rapper's direction is perhaps overly-broad in places, but it's not out of keeping with the general tone of the piece. Ginger Rogers overdoes the glamorous star routine a bit -- a shade more subtlety in places would have brought more humor -- but for the most part, her diva is good fun. The always expert Paul Douglas is winningly gruff, and William Holden is solid, if a little on the bland side. The best performance, however, is pert Patricia Crowley, who manages to leaven her ambitious, nerves-of-steel ingénue with some genuine softness, without compromise. Forever Female is polished, professional fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2014
UPC:
0887090080200
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
61,917

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Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Beatrice Page
William Holden Stanley Krown
Paul Douglas E. Harry Phillips
James Gleason Eddie Woods
Jesse White Willie Wolfe
Marjorie Rambeau Herself
George Reeves George Courtland
Maide Norman Emma
King Donovan Playwright
Vic Perrin Scenic Designer
Russell Gaige Theatrical Producer
Marion Ross Patty
Richard Shannon Stage Manager
Vince Townsend Doorman
Michael Darrin Jack
Pat Crowley Sally Carver
Sally Mansfield Young Hopeful
Rand Harper Young Hopeful
Victor Romito Maitre D'
Alfred Paix Waiter
Walter Reed Leading Man
Josephine Whittell Katherine
Almira Sessions Mother
Joel Marston Photographer
Grayce Hampton Olga O'Brien
David Leonard Bill Forrest
Richard Garland Clerk
William Leslie Bill
Dulce Daye Drucille King
Kathryn Grant Young Hopeful

Technical Credits
Irving Rapper Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John R. Coonan Asst. Director
Ross Dowd Set Decoration/Design
Pat Duggan Producer
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Philip G. Epstein Screenwriter
Doane Harrison Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
J. McMillan Johnson Production Designer
Archie Marshek Editor
Hal Pereira Art Director
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Wally Westmore Makeup
Victor Young Score Composer

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