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I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 5 April 1951 (USA)
A ruthless fashion designer steps on everyone in her way in order to reach the top of her profession. Eventually she is forced to choose between her ambition and the man she loves.

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

Abraham Polonsky (screen play), Vera Caspary (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Harriet Boyd
Dan Dailey ... Teddy Sherman
George Sanders ... J.F. Noble
Sam Jaffe ... Sam Cooper
Randy Stuart ... Marge Boyd
Marvin Kaplan ... Arnold Fisher
Harry von Zell ... Savage
Barbara Whiting ... Ellen Cooper
Vicki Cummings Vicki Cummings ... Hermione Griggs
Ross Elliott ... Ray
Richard Lane ... Kelley
Mary Philips ... Mrs. Boyd
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A ruthless fashion designer steps on everyone in her way in order to reach the top of her profession. Eventually she is forced to choose between her ambition and the man she loves. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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she made good - with a plunging neckline, and the morale of a tigress See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Only the Best See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Adapted into a 1960's musical which gave Barbara Streisand her big break on Broadway as the lonely secretary, "Miss Marmelstein." See more »

Quotes

Harriet Boyd: I can rest in Paris.
J.F. Noble: Rest in the boat, my dear. No-one rests in Paris.
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Connections

Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played when Teddy tours the South
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The Rag Business Exposed
24 May 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Hard to see anyone but the forceful Susan Hayward in the role of the lovely, but willful Harriet Boyd. Usually, it's men who get the blind ambition part. Not here. Instead, it's a woman dress designer in pursuit of riches and fame. Trouble is she's willing to sacrifice her two partners (Dailey and Jaffe) in the process. It's they, however, who help get her started by partnering-up in a little dress-making company. She's doubtless got talent as a designer, but they all work hard to get things off the ground. Now, however, she's willing to dump them and their business so she can join up with the king of the industry, the super-slick JF Noble (Sanders), and the big- time. Poor Teddy, he fell for her during their time together and thought it was mutual. Now, however, she's ready to transfer her affections as well as her talent. So how will all this turn out.

It's a sometimes gritty screenplay from the blacklisted Abe Polonsky, Force of Evil (1948). I suspect he was thinking expose of big business and did the best he could for the time (1951). And catch that Hollywood ending which I suspect he and director Gordon finessed as best they could. Anyway, Hayward's fine in a basically unsympathetic role. Ditto Dailey as the sympathetic Ted, while movie vet Jaffee gets to be the reliable voice of reason, along with Marvin Kaplan as comedy relief. The film really benefits from the behind-the-scenes look at what some call the rag business. I especially like Ted's brief glad-handing sales tour of the South where he works up a smiling sweat.

All in all, the 90-minutes is an entertaining character study and look inside a major industry, one that I suspect is still relevant.


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