Woman's World

1954

Drama

7
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 7 10 641

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Lauren Bacall as Elizabeth Burns
Fred MacMurray as Sid Burns
Billie Bird as Woman in Bargain Basement
June Allyson as Katie Baxter
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Reviewed by mark.waltz 5 / 10

Three men on the hot seat. Who will end up in the executive suite? It depends on their women!

If she's a social climber, wife Arlene Dahl says, why not climb in New York, the Mount Everest of cities. As she points out, all the important people are there, and she's just one of three wives finding life in the big apple and hoping that their husband will be picked for the top position in powerful Clifton Webb's huge car manufacturer. Dahl's married to Van Heflin, and she's the seemingly most happy of the three. The other wives are unhappy Lauren Bacall (married to the very busy Fred MacMurray) and possible dipsomaniac June Allyson (married to Cornel Wilde). Which one will Webb choose?, to paraphrase a song from an even bigger blockbuster 20th Century Fox blockbuster.

Opening up with a rather bland title song, this seems to be using the globe later turned on daytime's "As the World Turns", a bit of a soap opera and not the complex personal drama of MGM's "Executive Suite". A clich├ęd script tries to give each character some motivation and purpose, but they are more archetypes rather than flesh and blood. Clifton Webb seems to be there as some sort of figurehead, and fortunately, there's no phony attempt to make him unbelievably masculine. He's still Waldo Lydecker here, minus the goose quill dipped in venom and the rifle filled with buckshot.

Of the three coupled pairings, not one of them seem to be believable, the worst pairing the nervous Allyson and the watchful Wilde. It's interesting to see MacMurray and Bacall together, considering MacMurray's pairing with Bacall's hubby Bogie in the same year's "The Caine Mutiny". Dahl steals her scenes easily, but her oomph is refreshing over the drunk Donna Reed act of Allyson's and Bacall's cold performance.

Great location photography of New York is highlighted by a scene in a department store bargain basement with all sorts of chicanery of the customers to get the dress they want. This film seems to be suffering from too many mood swings, refreshingly comic one moment then dour almost immediately after. Webb, who observes he's got the right man but wrong wife, certainly has a tough decision to make, but not one of the six men or women had me really rooting for them. This woman's world is not a dream world, as far as cinema is concerned.

Reviewed by dstanwyck 7 / 10

Good all around cast, but...but

Big June Allyson fan when I was a kid, crush and all. The girl next door, after all...but not next door to me. And now, years later, I can see why the crush: she was a doll! That wonderful voice and sweetness of heart. But now, of course - Lauren Bacall has a voice of a different octave, touched with her unique wry delivery. She's a grown-ups dream. So - you all know the story line - 3 men (and their wives as representatives) are up for a position of significance with Clifton Webb the decision maker. Cornel Wilde (Allyson), Fred MacMurray (Bacall) and Van Heflin (Arlene Dahl) are the contenders. Blatant technicolor and wonderful scenes of New York City - where I happen to be from - gloriously displayed and minus the chronic scaffoldings that adorn every street these current days. With their very different personalities, they vie. If you like just a few of these actors, you'll be happy enough. If you like a good story line and are not especially discriminating, you'll be happy enough. A few good scenes - the dress shopping spree with Bacall and Allyson, the last couple of moments of the show down, etc. - are all there is, basically. Clifton Webb, thankfully, toned down the typical superiority that he constantly indulged in. It was 1954 after all and it shows all over the place.

Reviewed by vincentlynch-moonoi 7 / 10

Highly flawed, yet entertaining

From my perspective, this is a pretty good film with one huge and one small flaw. The huge flaw is making June Allyson's character a buffoon. The small flaw is the lovely Arlene Dahl, who just doesn't work out in this project.

The story is interesting. There's a major opening in the management of an auto company owned by Clifton Webb. Webb believes that in such a position, a wife's role is almost as important as her husband's role. So he invites 3 couples to New York City to try out for the position. The first couple is June Allyson and Cornel Wilde. The second is Fred MacMurray and Lauren Bacall. The third is Van Heflin and Arlene Dahl.

The most interesting couple is MacMurray and Bacall. They're having serious marriage problems. It's not that they don't love each other. It's that they have different goals. MacMurray isn't dealing well with the pressures of business, and Bacall thinks that the promotion will kill him. Will she stay or go? Will he turn down the opportunity or go for it? Then there's June Allyson and Cornel Wilde. He wants the job, but his wife wants "small town" life in Kansas City.

And third is Van Heflin and Arlene Dahl -- Texans. Dahl is overly ambitious, and seemingly more for herself than her very down to earth husband. Loving partner or slut? And then there's Clifton Webb, who is a clever owner of the company. Observing each of the couples carefully while playing things close to his chest.

As mentioned, June Allyson plays the down-to-earth housewife from the mid-west who doesn't feel she will fit in New York City. She doesn't plot to intentionally sabotage her husband, but she's like a hick bull in c china shop. The trouble is, it's overdone and would have been even more effective had it been more subtle. Cornel Wilde is very good as the husband, and it seems like a very different role for him, Van Heflin seems oblivious to his handicap -- his wife. But he learns, and in doing so it's a fairly strong performance (for an actor I don;t usually enjoy much). Arlene Dahl just seems all wrong for this role -- a totally unlikable character that is all to beautiful; and I say that usually having liked her as a second tier actress.

This is hardly Fred MacMurray's best role, but he does "alright" with it. Lauren Bacall shines in it as his wife.

Clifton Webb is excellent here, although his role is secondary here. But he is controlled and poised, just as the role calls for. Webb always had a way of stealing scenes, although here he doesn't. Nevertheless, it's a fine performance. His sister in the film is a sort of balance to him; Margaret Gillmore plays the role just right.

The success of the film turns on whether or not Webb chooses the "right" man/couple for the promotion. He does, although who that right person is will surprise some, although the groundwork for the decision is not laid until late in the film. Interesting turn of events.

Despite the flaws, a unusually interesting film of the type that 20th Century Fox was quite well known for in the 1950s.

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