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Red-Headed Woman ; 1932  ·  Posted by Tallulah

Director: Jack Conway
Actors: Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone, Leila Hyams, Una Merkel
Country: U.S.A.

I loved Red-Headed Woman because I wish I could be like Lillian (Harlow)! To have that much charm to seduce every man she likes is something that not every woman can do.

So what exactly do I think about this film? First I would like to start by saying that I give it a thumbs up. One can’t find films like this when the Hays Code was in effect and I thought that this film was the epitome of what was acceptable pre-code. You can watch this film for yourself and see what I mean. I don’t find Jean Harlow to be beautiful, but she is glamourous and perfect for this role. I cannot imagine anyone else playing the part because the way Harlow moved, glanced, and looked was dead on for the role for Lillian. Something about Harlow made me understand why so many people love her to this day; the way her makeup accentuated her features and her large, almost tragic, eyes definitely drew me in. She was also an amazing actress and I enjoyed watching her in a comedy and I liked her just as much in this film. This is my second film with Chester Morris (the first being The Divorcee) and I thought he was suited for this role. I don’t really like him much for some reason… maybe it’s his slicked back hair that doesn’t do much for his profile. Leila Hyams as Irene was GORGEOUS. When I saw her, I couldn’t help but keep my eyes on her. Although she is beautiful, I still thought Harlow stole the show with her acting.

For all pre-code film fans, this is a must watch. I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t enjoy this film because modern day viewers can see that life back then was just the same as today and it’s interesting to see that scandalous things were portrayed in films in the past.

IMDb Link: Red-Headed Woman
Where to buy: Amazon.com (VHS) ; Amazon.com (Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 1 DVD set)

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