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Smart Woman (1931)

Wife turns tables on cheating hubby.

Director:

Gregory La Cava

Writers:

Myron C. Fagan (play), Salisbury Field (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Astor ... Mrs. Nancy Gibson
Robert Ames ... Donald 'Don' / 'Donnie' Gibson
John Halliday ... Sir Guy Harrington
Edward Everett Horton ... Billy Ross
Noel Francis ... Miss Peggy Preston
Ruth Weston ... Mrs. Sally Gibson Ross
Gladys Gale Gladys Gale ... Mrs. Preston - Peggy's Mother
Alfred Cross Alfred Cross ... Brooks, Gibson's butler
Lillian Harmer ... Mrs. Windleweaver
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Storyline

After an extended stay in Paris to care for her ailing mother, wealthy Nancy Gibson is happy to be heading back to her Long Island home to be reunited with her husband, Don Gibson, who she dearly loves. Upon her arrival at the house, Don is not there. Nancy learns from husband and wife Billy and Sally Ross - Don's business partner and Don's sister - that Don is with his mistress, Peggy Preston, who he intends to marry if Nancy will grant him a divorce. Apparently, everyone is aware of the situation and most, including Billy and Sally and the household servants, are on Nancy's side. After composing herself following receiving this devastating news, Nancy, who still loves Don and wants to be with him, decides that there are better ways of getting him back than to be the devastated wife. Acting the modern woman, Nancy pretends that she too has fallen in love with another man she met in Europe. As the other man, she uses the unwitting help of Brit, Sir Guy Harrington, a man she met on the... Written by Huggo

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IN DRAMA EXCITING AS A PARTY LINE!.. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nancy's Private Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

San Marino, California, USA

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Re-unites three of the stars (Astor, Ames, Horton) of Holiday (1930) See more »

Goofs

The unopened letters from Nancy to Don from Paris all have the same date on the cancellation postmark. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Nancy Gibson: Why does everyone look so surprised? Is it so extraordinary that I should inspire love and devotion in some manly breast?
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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Hummed by Mary Astor
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Not so smart woman
8 March 2019 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

The premise behind the film is that if a husband leaves his wife then the wronged woman should jolly well try extra hard to get him back. It's appallingly sexist. That implied behaviour really annoyed me - I'd prefer some satisfying retaliation. So, for the stupid idea that the film promotes and the film's annoying resolution, I'm afraid this has to lose marks for just not connecting with me.

However, the film keeps you watching as Mary Astor (Nancy) gets up to tricks in order to win the totally unappealing Robert Ames (Don) back into her life. Ames is a poorly written character and everyone else in the cast gets their moment to shine apart from him. God knows why he is the centre of Astor's affection. This, in turn, for me, also makes Astor annoying. Nevertheless, it's an easy-to-watch passage of time.


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