The Opposite Sex

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Ideally, a musical version of The Women, one of the funniest movies of Hollywood's Golden Age, would be created with the wit, style and imagination the source material deserves. The Opposite Sex falls significantly short in all of these areas, but if it's a disappointing and flawed adaptation, it's still good fun on its own terms. The mistakes are fairly obvious, such as adding men to the cast, a move that robs the film of its unique flavor. The problem is compounded by a mediocre score with poor and unimaginative lyrics; moreover, the writers often choose the wrong moments to musicalize. And the Fay and Michael Kanin screenplay is simply not as witty and well observed as that of The Women. Fortunately, Sex has some notable women to help make up for the deficiencies. Top among these is Dolores Gray, in one of the rare roles that lets her show just what she was capable of. She's a delectable steamroller in her scenes and a powerhouse when singing. June Allyson is fine but a bit weak as Kay, but Joan Collins is appropriately kittenish as her rival, and there's solid support from Agnes Moorehead, Ann Miller and Charlotte Greenwood. As an added plus, there's Helen Rose's scrumptious costumes to keep the eye entertained. Sex may be a missed opportunity, but those not familiar with the original will find much to enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • UPC: 883316298985
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
June Allyson Kay Hilliard
Joan Collins Crystal Allen
Dolores Gray Sylvia Fowler
Jeff Richards Buck Winston
Ann Sheridan Amanda Penrose
Ann Miller Gloria Dell
Leslie Nielsen Steve Hilliard
Harry James Himself
Dick Shawn Singer
Jim Backus Psychiatrist
Agnes Moorehead Countess Lavaliere
Charlotte Greenwood Lucy
Joan Blondell Edith Potter
Sam Levene Mike Pearl
Bill Goodwin Howard Fowler
Alice Pearce Olga
Barbara Jo Allen Dolly
Sandy Descher Debbie Hilliard
Carolyn Jones Pat
Jerry Antes Leading Male Dancer
Alan Marshal Ted
Jonathan Hole Phelps Potter
Art Mooney Himself
Jean Andren Gossip
Gail Bonney
Barrie Chase
Donald Dillaway Box Office Man
Kay English Aristocratic Woman
Jo Gilbert Woman Attendant
Bob Hopkins Drunk in 21 Club
Dean Jones Assistant Stage Manager
Janet Lake Girl on Train
Celia Lovsky Lutsi
Marjorie Hellen Leg model
Vivian Marshall Girl
Juanita Moore Maid
Ann Morriss Receptionist
Gordon Richards Butler
Marc Wilder Dancer
Technical Credits
David Miller Director
Robert Brenner Cinematographer
Nicholas Brodszky Score Composer
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
Sammy Cahn Score Composer
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Ralph Freed Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Michael Kanin Screenwriter
Fay Kanin Screenwriter
Skip Martin Musical Direction/Supervision
Skip Martin Musical Direction/Supervision
John McSweeney Jr. Editor
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Joe Pasternak Producer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert Sendrey Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Sidney Choreography
George Stoll Score Composer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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