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Smart Woman (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 30 April 1948 (USA)
A crusading district attorney, Robert Larrimore, butts heads in court with defense attorney Paula Rogers.

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Edward A. Blatt

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Leon Gutterman (original story), Edwin V. Westrate (original story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brian Aherne ... Robert Larrimore
Constance Bennett ... Paula Rogers
Barry Sullivan ... Frank McCoy
Michael O'Shea ... Johnny Simons
James Gleason ... Sam Corkle
Otto Kruger ... D.A. Bradley Wayne
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Rogers
Richard Lyon ... Rusty Rogers
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Wayne
Taylor Holmes ... Dr. Jasper
John Litel ... Clark
Nita Hunter Nita Hunter ... Patty Wayne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Netta Packer ... Undetermined Minor Role (scenes deleted)
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Undetermined Minor Role (scenes deleted)
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A crusading district attorney, Robert Larrimore, butts heads in court with defense attorney Paula Rogers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Smart about everything ... except men!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame et ses pantins See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In this movie, James Gleason plays a character named 'Sam Corkle'. In "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941) and "Down To Earth" (1947), he plays a character named 'Max Corkle'. See more »

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2 July 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Constance Bennett is the "Smart Woman" in this 1948 film, and Brian Aherne is the attorney on the opposite side who falls in love with her.

Due to a corrupt political machine, the DA (Otto Kruger) has refused to indict on several cases. For that reason, a special prosecutor, Robert Larrimore (Aherne) is brought in. Larrimore and attorney Paula Rogers (Bennett) face off in court, and Larrimore falls for her right away and begins dating her. When the DA is killed, mobster Frank McCoy (Barry Sullivan) is arrested, and he appeals to Paula to help him. Larrimore will be trying for the state, and Paula has reason to fear that the situation will hurt their relationship.

This is a pretty good movie, though it's easy to figure out Paula's problems very early on. The cast is good, with a mix of '30s stars like Aherne, Bennett, Kruger, character actors like James Gleason and John Eldredge, as well as '40s newcomers Sullivan and O'Shea (who married Virginia Mayo).

The film was produced by Bennett herself, who was no longer the big star she had been in the '30s, thanks to now being 43 years old. The supporting roles for her had started in 1940 with "Two-Faced Woman," when she was 36. Fortunately things are better for women now, but age has always been a huge issue for women in Hollywood. Bennett, a luminous beauty in the '30s, is a good example. Bennett was an excellent businesswoman, and her reputation for glamor served her well in her cosmetics business and also a clothing business. She worked tirelessly during the war effort and, married to a general, entertained the troops who stayed overseas after WW II (she was an accomplished singer). She also did a nightclub act.

"Smart Woman" is not as good as Bennett's other production, Paris Underground, but it's serviceable.


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