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A Woman Rebels (1936)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 6 November 1936 (USA)
The story revolves around Pamela, as a woman in late-1800's England who has no intention of marriage and wishes to be her own person. After a great deal of difficulty in finding a job, she ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

Anthony Veiller (screen play), Ernest Vajda (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Pamela Thistlewaite
Herbert Marshall ... Thomas Lane
Elizabeth Allan ... Flora Anne Thistlewaite
Donald Crisp ... Judge Byron Thistlewaite
Doris Dudley Doris Dudley ... Young Flora
David Manners ... Lieutenant Alan Craig Freeland
Lucile Watson ... Betty Bumble
Van Heflin ... Lord Gerald Waring Gaythorne
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Storyline

The story revolves around Pamela, as a woman in late-1800's England who has no intention of marriage and wishes to be her own person. After a great deal of difficulty in finding a job, she finally lands a position at a "woman's" magazine, which covered topics such as sewing and cooking. After the editor takes sick, she moves the magazine into discussing issues of gender equality, child labor, medical care, and finding a job. She then finds herself as the unexpected leader of a movement. After an unexpected event, she is also faced with raising a child without a father, which people at that time thought was scandalous. Written by Taed Nelson <nelson@berlioz.nsc.com>

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She's glorious ...As a Woman In Arms! ...He's Magnificent As the Man She Adores.

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

USA

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English | Italian | French

Release Date:

6 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Portrait of a Rebel See more »

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Budget:

$574,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Florence Rice was in a cast list in a 1936 Hollywood Reporter article, but she was not seen in the film. See more »

Quotes

Pamela Thistlewaite: Don't you think that dependence in women is a trait men created for their own protection?
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at Flora's and Alan's wedding
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Astonishingly good
20 June 2008 | by beyondtheforestSee all my reviews

Katharine Hepburn stars in an early feminist melodrama co-starring Herbert Marshall. The film is noteworthy for not only its lush production and excellent performances, but also the ahead of its time, and novel, depiction of women's rights and suffragists of the 19th century. Hepburn is so good she lights up the screen. Marshall, as always, delivers perfect support. The story is interesting, the cast is appealing, the sets and costumes are magnificent, the direction and cinematography are sublime, and the screenplay is intelligent and literate. Unlike many films of the 1930s, this one doesn't have a tacked on sexist ending. It's true to the women's rights cause through and through. Of all of the historical melodramas I have seen, this ranks with the best. It rises above the (condescending) 'women's picture' genre because of the timelessness of its theme.


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