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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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GAY!.. GOSSIPY!.. H I L A R I O U S !.. 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

Donald 'Don': I want you to get rid of Peggy and give Nancy of square deal.
Sir Guy Harrington: Am I to understand that you're suggesting that I devote myself in the future - to your wife?
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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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Very familiar but surprisingly good.
6 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In some ways, this film is a bit regressive in its views on women and marriage. After all, it seems to say that if a man cheats on his loving wife, she should move heaven and earth to keep him. But, if you can look past this, the film is quite enjoyable and worth your time.

The film begins with Mary Astor and John Halliday on a cruise. She went to Europe because her mother was there--dying. He is just a nice rich English nobleman who has fallen in love with her. However, despite his infatuation, she is loyal to her husband back home and Halliday must let her go. Unfortunately, however, when Astor arrives, the husband is not there to meet the boat...and she soon learns it's because he's met someone else--a younger woman! Instead of fighting her husband, however, she acts quite accepting of this--even offering to have the mistress and her mother come to their estate for the weekend! Personally, I would have shot the guy...by Astor has a plan. She invites Halliday and pretends that she, too, has met someone else.

It's all very sophisticated and clever--and very well written. I've actually seen several films like this, but this is one of the better ones--and a darn good movie for 1931. Intelligently written and with sparkling dialog--this film is a winner.


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