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Plot: When Mike Hagen and Marilla Brown marry after a whirlwind romance on the west coast, they return to New York to find that they don't have much in common. She is a clothing designer who lives in a swanky apartment and whose friends are actors, artists and the like. He is a sports writer who likes to… Runtime: 118 min Release Date: 16 May 1957
Design for Success-Designing Women **** (by edwagreen)
Gregory Peck certainly showed that he was adept at comedy in this 1957 film a long stream of socially conscious films which were to be his bread and butter throughout his marvelous career.The film is Damon Runyon in character all the way with the different groups in society coming together and eventually forging an alliance to fight the mob.As she did with Robert Stack, the year before in "Written on the Wind," Bacall again marries quickly, this time to Peck.When they come home, they soon see that they share so little in common. However, Peck's writings against boxing thievery <more>
gets him into trouble with the mob and the free-for-all brawl at the end is amusing.Dolores Gray is funny as the younger woman, as a punched out fighter, Mickey Shaughnessy steals the scenes that he is in and look for Chuck Connors as a fighter turned mug a riot when he pulls Peck's nose.
Marvelous hybrid of musical, light comedy and drama (by Cincy)
While I am devoted to musical theatre I had somehow missed this gem. For once the elements of light comedy, musical theatre and drama are mixed perfectly to create an engaging and entertaining film. Highlights include fine acting by all of the stars and an excellent display of the ground-breaking choreography of Jack Cole, who doesn't have to satisfy star turns and can display his talents fully.In the tradition of classic farce, the clashing lifestyles of a sportswriter and a fashion designer are played for humor rather than war. A serious subplot involving Mob involvement in boxing <more>
Possible Spoilers: A Fine Fit of Fun on Film (by arieliondotcom)
I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was, the writing light and humorous I didn't expect to be laughing out loud as often as I did . Peck reveals a comic timing that's amazing and Bacall's deadpan deliveries in both narration and on screen are a delight. I can highly recommend this for a light, fun laugh. While dated at times since it's based on fashion designs from half a century ago and you can see the influence of Audrey Hepburn in the models used , this would make a great date movie for a couple where both enjoy vintage films. You'll never be able to look at a <more>
A great film with an undercurrent of sadness (by maryszd)
I have seen this beautifully made film many, many times and never get tired of it. I hope eventually all of Vincente Minelli's films come out on Blu-ray. They deserve to be seen in every bit of their gorgeous detail. Even this film's flaws make it richer. Gregory Peck's acting as sportswriter Mike Hagen is stiff and lackadaisical and Lauren Bacall also seems somehow preoccupied possibly with her husband Humphrey Bogart's poor health . But their personal malaise as actors reinforces one of the central themes of the film, that is, the near impossibility of creating a truly <more>
compatible marriage. The sexually ambiguous character of Randy Owens Jack Cole also undermines in a good way the gender stereotyping that Mike Hagen and his buddies desperately cling to. Dancer Lori Shannon and producer Zachary Wilder are the only true adults in the film; it's their eventual pairing at the end of the film that gives it a sense of emotional completion.Designing Woman also presents a wonderful cinematic vision of New York; it evokes a time when the world of musical theater and Broadway played a central role in American popular culture.
Bright, Well-Written and Adult Romantic Comedy; Peck and Bacall in Top Form (by silverscreen888)
"Designing Woman", a title which is a word-play on a female's desire to obtain a worthwhile husband and on the profession followed by the female lead, is what used to be known as an engaging comedy. A 'designing woman' is exactly what she is not; nor is the sportswriter she falls in love with in any way naturally conniving. But circumstances in this undeniably charming, situationally humorous and dialogue-rich film force her to become naturally suspicious and him to mislead her. The couple are portrayed by Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck who have said they had and <more>
appear to have had great fun in making this New York-based comedy of manners. There were a number of male-versus-female films made in Hollywood between 1939 and 1973, the Golden Age of physical production there; while most of the writers took a reactionary anti-feminist position, the author of this film, George Wells, instead, here championed a mutually-desired and mutually-agreed equality between the two protagonists. Peck is the central character; but Bacall is the focus of much of the plot. In fact the opening sequences of the film take place on the West coast; Peck awakens to find himself befriended and his story filed by Bacall, after he had had a bit too much to drink. They begin an affair and swiftly decide to wed. But going back home to New York, they discover that "happily ever after" is harder than "I do". Abandoning his smaller bachelor digs for her luxurious apartment, they discover that their lifestyles, acquaintances and pursuits hardly match. One famous scene involves his rough-hewn card buddies trying to hold their regular game in her apartment. Also, Peck had been dating a pretty model , played by Dolores Gray, and has to hide the relationship, explain it away and generally engage in fancy footwork on several occasions; having her creative friends do their work while his card game buddies are present, pretending he does not know Gray, on whose musical designer Bacall is working when they meet at a fashion show; this is only the beginning of the story. Because Peck is also under a death threat from gamblers, he has to pretend to be away covering road baseball games while he's really holed up with a punchy ex-prizefighter bodyguard played by Mickey Shaughnessy. Of course, when Bacall discovers his old girl friend was Gray and that Peck has been lying about where he is, she assumes he has been cheating on her. The gangsters after Peck is played by Ed Platt and Chuck Connors, while Peck's helpful editor is Sam Levene. Under Vincente Minnelli's solid direction, the pace of this fast-moving comedy that only sometimes slows down for smart dialogue never flags. The fine cinematography was done by Gene Alton, set decorations by Edwin B. Willis and Henry Grace. Costumes were the work of veteran Helen Rose, with original music by Andre Previn. The bright art direction was by E. Preston Ames and William A. Horning, In the cast supporting the principals are Tom Helmore, Alvy Moore, Jesse White, Carol Veazie and Jack Cole. Bacall shows intelligence and toughness as the designer while Peck is more nuanced. This is a well-remembered and critically favored comedic effort, with a surprisingly satisfying ending. The screenplay won an award in 1957. Catch it when you can.
Cute and charming movie. Bacall and Peck have great chemistry as a newlywed couple who have more differences than they think starting out together. Bacall is funny and chic in her gorgeous gowns by Helen Rose and Peck is funny and charming as a gruff sports writer. This is a true gem.
Amusing Comedy. (by rmax304823)
The first few times I saw this it seemed thoroughly engaging but, having just watched it again for the first time in ten years or so, it seemed less consistently funny. Maybe during the intervening years I've reseen the Tracy/Hepburn and Hudson/Day romantic comedies too often.Now, it seems to me, "Designing Woman" borrows pretty heavily from the Tracy comedies of 10 or 15 years earlier. In "Woman of the Year," for instance, Tracy is a sports columnist and Hepburn is a cultivated political columnist, which results in a gender clash. Here, Peck is a sports columnist and <more>
Bacall is a wealthy fashion designer, which results in a gender clash. Even some of the scenes are similar. In "Adam's Rib", David Wayne, playing a homosexual, overhears a homophobic remark from Tracy and makes a comic comeback. Here, Jack Cole, as a dancer with a lisp, who says things about his choreography like, "Who knows what I'll do with the bongo dance? I may go insane!", plays an effeminate guy who overhears an insinuating remark made by Peck. Instead of making the clever comeback, though, he soberly declares that he has a wife and three children, one of them playing football up in Maine, thus establishing his heterosexual credentials, but nobody in the audience was fooled.At the same time, if this movie sins by borrowing such things as the droll voice-over of Tracy in "Father of the Bride," it is as much sinned against by providing opportunities for ripoffs by the writers of the Doris Day romantic comedies. Again, even individual gags are borrowed, such as the scene in which Peck, trying to explain a previous affair, tells his wife who already knows the truth an outrageous lie, which convinces her that he loves her. In "Send Me No Flowers," the situation recurs. There is also a scene of "the men" trying to play cards while a theater troupe rehearses in the next room. The men want nothing but baloney and cheese sandwiches and drinks but the cook serves them an elaborate tray including sandwiches cut into various shapes, like hearts, and one of the guys praises the kind of cookie cutter that was used. You can find something similar, but funnier, in "The Odd Couple."But I still like it. Farcical comedy isn't Peck's forte. The man exudes sincerity, but after all one of his earlier roles was that of the newspaperman in "Roman Holiday," which was pretty funny, even though Peck's part called for him to be relaxed, happy, and ironic, rather than loud. I suppose "Captain Newman, MD" was occasionally comic but Peck was a straight man. His very probity makes his humiliation more comic. Bacall is cute in a Lindsey Wagner kind of way and does well enough by her part. Mickey Shaugnessy is hilarious as a punch-drunk exfighter. His job? To clobber anybody who looks cross-eyed at Peck. He's "as dumb and democratic as a hammer." He added quite a bit to his roles in the 1950s, a marvelous character actor.Vincent Minelli directed competently but missed a couple of boats along the way, I think. The movie involves a lot of physical comedy and Minelli overlooked some possibilities. Peck is discovered by his wife in his ex-girlfriend's bedroom, half drunk and having been wrestling with a French poodle. Bacall throws open the door and finds him standing behind the bed with his hair mussed, his shirt collar undone, holding a phone at the end of a long cord. Given the reckless nature of the screenplay it would have been funnier if Peck had been flat on his back on the floor, strangling himself with the cord. The comedy grows not so much out of the performances as out of the script and the situations. The script has its longueurs -- a character who speaks like Damon Runyon's characters is described as perhaps trying to get into a Damon Runyon story there is a pause for laughs . But other moments are extremely good. The plate of ravioli in Peck's lap. The moment the cab pulls away and reveals Peck wearing an ugly pair of green pants that come halfway down his shins. The time when Sam Levene gives Peck a silver tea tray for a wedding present and scowls with disgust at this necessary display of sentiment and masculine affection. Peck draws it out perfectly, fondling a tiny cream pitcher and protesting, "Oh, really, I couldn't -" before Levene throws him out. The timing is sometimes off but when it clicks it clicks.See it if you can. It will make you smile, something that Xanax can't do.