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The Female Animal (1958)

An aging film star and her alcoholic daughter compete for a handsome extra.

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Harry Keller

Writers:

Robert Hill (screenplay), Albert Zugsmith (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hedy Lamarr ... Vanessa Windsor
Jane Powell ... Penny Windsor
Jan Sterling ... Lily Frayne
George Nader ... Chris Farley
Jerry Paris ... Hank Galvez (not Lopez)
Gregg Palmer ... Piggy
Mabel Albertson ... Irma Jones
James Gleason ... Tom Maloney
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. John Ramsay
Ann Doran ... Nurse
Yvonne Peattie Yvonne Peattie ... Hairdresser
Max Showalter ... Charlie Grant (as Casey Adams)
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Al The Director
Aram Katcher Aram Katcher ... Mischa Boroff
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Storyline

Jaded movie star Vanessa Windsor, saved from a studio accident by handsome extra Chris Farley, pursues him, and soon he's the 'caretaker' of her beach house. Vanessa's sexy, alcoholic adult daughter Penny accidentally meets Chris, who rescues her from an 'octopus' boyfriend. Before you know it, Chris is involved with both mother and daughter, and his only way out is to take a job in a Mexican picture about man-eating orchids... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It is said that when a woman fights for a man, she is like an ANIMAL!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1958 (Albania) See more »

Also Known As:

Hideaway House See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hedy Lamarr plays the mother of Jane Powell. In real-life, there was only a 14-year age difference between the two stars. See more »

Quotes

Lily Frayne: You must be in pictures, or, should be.
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27 June 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Fading movie star Vanessa Windsor (Hedy Lamarr) is saved from a filming accident by extra Chris Farley. She takes an immediate interest in her rescuer. Penny (Jane Powell) is her grown troubled daughter.

In a fitting coincidence, this is Hedy Lamarr's final movie. I don't think George Nader is quite charismatic enough. He needs to be a true hunk. He's too stiff and too conservative for this to be a steamy romance. A modern version would have a younger and more willing man. At times, he comes off as self-righteous. This has lots of potential. I just don't think he's that much of a prize. The obvious comparison is Sunset Boulevard. It has similar tones but it doesn't reach those heights.


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