Female Animal

The Female Animal

Director: Harry Keller, Hedy Lamarr, Jane Powell, George Nader

Cast: Harry Keller, Hedy Lamarr, Jane Powell, George Nader

     
 
Harry Keller, the man who directed the extra scenes in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, receives solo directorial credit in The Female Animal. Hedy Lamarr stars as Vanessa Windsor, a beautiful but ageing film star whose life is saved on the set by handsome extra Chris Farley (George Nader). Falling in love with Chris, Vanessa finds herself in competition

Overview

Harry Keller, the man who directed the extra scenes in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, receives solo directorial credit in The Female Animal. Hedy Lamarr stars as Vanessa Windsor, a beautiful but ageing film star whose life is saved on the set by handsome extra Chris Farley (George Nader). Falling in love with Chris, Vanessa finds herself in competition with her own adopted daughter Penny (Jane Powell). Meanwhile, poor Chris struggles to become his "own man," and not merely the sexual plaything of two predatory females. Stealing the film from the nominal stars are Jan Sterling as a fading beauty with romantic notions of her own, and James Gleason as a crusty but likeable agent.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Female Animal is a muddled, tepid variation on a Sunset Boulevard theme. Unlike that classic, Female has no soul and precious little imagination; it's a pale imitation that gets lost in its own soap operatics, and while it does provide some enjoyment, it ultimately ends up as a disappointment. This is especially so because Hedy Lamarr turns in a performance that is at moments quite interesting and indicates a great deal of potential; one keeps getting the feeling that if the script had been stronger and if she had been given more incisive direction, she could have created a portrait that would have been quite impressive. Unfortunately, the weak script keeps getting in the way, as it also does for co-star Jane Powell. Powell is too old for her part here, but she gives it a good shot, and has one or two scenes that are quite good. George Nader is fairly unimpressive, but James Gleason does much better as the agent. However, the only truly successful performance is from Jan Sterling, whose secondary part of a has-been actress is delineated with a chilling accuracy that is entirely engrossing. Nothing else in Animal is as good as Sterling, but that combined with Lamarr's game attempt make it worth a glance from devoted fans of behind-the-scenes Hollywood flics.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2015
UPC:
0025192317446
Original Release:
1958
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
26,244

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hedy Lamarr Vanessa Windsor
Jane Powell Penny Windsor
George Nader Chris Farley
Jan Sterling Lily Frayne
Jerry Paris Hank Lopez
Gregg Palmer Piggy
Mabel Albertson Irma Jones
James Gleason Tom Maloney
Richard H. Cutting Dr. John Ramsay
Ann Doran Nurse
Yvonne Peattie Hairdresser
Douglas Evans The Director
Richard Avonde Lily's Gigolo
Isabel Dawn Masseuse
Aram Katcher Mischa Boroff
Walter Kelly Motion Picture Assistant Director
Laurie Mitchell Manicurist
Almira Sessions Landlady
Max Showalter Charlie Grant

Technical Credits
Harry Keller Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Miton Carruth Editor
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert J. Hill Screenwriter
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert Zugsmith Producer

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