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A Woman of Distinction (1950)

Ice-cold college dean Susan Middlecott feels there's no room in her life for romance. Enter Prof. Alec Stevenson, British lecturer on astronomy, touring North America and in possession of a... See full summary »

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Edward Buzzell

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Charles Hoffman (screen play), Frank Tashlin (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Susan Manning Middlecott
Ray Milland ... Prof. Alexander 'Alec' Stevenson
Edmund Gwenn ... Mark 'J.M.' Middlecott
Janis Carter ... Teddy Evans
Mary Jane Saunders ... Louisa Middlecott
Francis Lederer ... Prof. Paul Simone
Jerome Courtland ... Jerome
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Ice-cold college dean Susan Middlecott feels there's no room in her life for romance. Enter Prof. Alec Stevenson, British lecturer on astronomy, touring North America and in possession of a keepsake of Susan's he wants to return. Desperate for publicity, lecture bureau press agent Teddy Evans magnifies this into a great romance. The efforts of both dignified principals to quash the story have the opposite effect; matters get more and more involved... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It's a RIOTOUS ROMANTIC ROMP when Roz gives Ray the Razz!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Männerfeindin See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 23, 1950 with Rosalind Russell reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Susan Middlecott: We're happy aren't we? Just the three of us?
Louisa Middlecott: I think we'd be happier if we adopted a husband.
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Typical '40s unmarried woman with no room for romance
11 April 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Major slapstick is the highlight of "A Woman of Distinction," a 1950 film starring Rosalind Russell, Ray Milland, Edmund Gwenn and Janis Carter. Russell has one of her uptight, cold women roles so often depicted in the '40s. You know the one, no room or time for romance until a man melts her down. The melter here is Ray Milland.

Russell is the dean of a girls' school in New England; Milland plays a visiting British astronomer. Will she succumb to his charms? Sure, after she beats him with her handbag, and she's sprayed with water, smeared with mud, and falls out of chairs. Wouldn't you? The laughs are all supposed to come from the slapstick; in truth, there's not too much of a script, and what's there is predictable and derivative. The cast is likable, and Russell proves she can do just about anything. In the end, it's not much of a movie.


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