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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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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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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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Hepburn in her RKO days...
29 May 2008 | by sdave7596See all my reviews

Katharine Hepburn did "A Woman Rebels" in 1936, when she was under contract to RKO Studios. She had a string of not so successful films prior to this, although made a sensational debut in "Bill of Divorcement" in 1932 and the wonderful "Alice Adams" in 1935. Hepburn basically plays herself here, all theatrical mannerisms and that light, slightly shrill voice. We are not so sure how to take the character of Pamela, although we guess from the title she will make some sort of stance for women's rights, circa mid-1800's; and indeed she does. Donald Crisp has a nice turn as her cold dominating father, and a young Van Heflin as one of Pamela's suitors is barely recognizable. Herbert Marshall is good as the man who loves Pamela through many decades. The soap suds are laid on pretty thick, and the film is not one of Hepburn's more memorable films. Still, for true Hepburn fans, it is always good to watch her in the earlier days. Fortunately for Hepburn, better roles were ahead in the decades to come. Hepburn leaving RKO was the best thing she did for her career.


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