A Woman’s World (1954)

  • I was immediately distressed to learn that this movie was not filmed in black and white and was filmed in that UglyColor brand of color that was used so frequently in the ’50s and ’60s. This movie came out in 1954, so it could have gone either way. The film executives made the wrong decision, and – 62 years later – I am very disappointed by it.
  • Our friendly voiceover voice feels that it’s necessary to identify New York City as “New York City.” Creative!
  • The Gifford Car is no competition for the Flying Wombat from THE YOUNG IN HEART (1938). Like…no competition. At all. You want an amazing ad campaign to sell your cars? Stop making Giffords and start making Flying Wombats. The cars will fucking sell themselves.
  • Nice camerawork for Gifford (Clifton Webb)’s introduction – all upward shots, so he’s looking down on you like the powerful man he’s supposed to be.
  • “Girl with a Pearl Earring”?! There’s a copy of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” hanging in the Talbots’ hotel room? What? Why?
  • I like Fred MacMurray – he seems like he was a very decent fellow, who was also great in some things I’ve seen (DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944), obviously – THE APARTMENT (1960)), but he’s really not good in this. All his lines are recited and not really acted – he seems very unnatural and quite out of place.
  • Great exchange:

Mrs. Talbot (Arlene Dahl): The devil with you AND Texas!

Mr. Talbot (Van Heflin): You leave Texas out of this!

  • The movie, overall? Dumb. Not much point. Would not watch again – it’d be a drag.
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