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The Female Animal (1958)

An aging film star and her alcoholic daughter compete for a handsome extra.

Director:

Harry Keller

Writers:

Robert Hill (screenplay), Albert Zugsmith (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hedy Lamarr ... Vanessa Windsor
Jane Powell ... Penny Windsor
Jan Sterling ... Lily Frayne
George Nader ... Chris Farley
Jerry Paris ... Hank Galvez (not Lopez)
Gregg Palmer ... Piggy
Mabel Albertson ... Irma Jones
James Gleason ... Tom Maloney
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. John Ramsay
Ann Doran ... Nurse
Yvonne Peattie Yvonne Peattie ... Hairdresser
Max Showalter ... Charlie Grant (as Casey Adams)
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Al The Director
Aram Katcher Aram Katcher ... Mischa Boroff
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Jaded movie star Vanessa Windsor, saved from a studio accident by handsome extra Chris Farley, pursues him, and soon he's the 'caretaker' of her beach house. Vanessa's sexy, alcoholic adult daughter Penny accidentally meets Chris, who rescues her from an 'octopus' boyfriend. Before you know it, Chris is involved with both mother and daughter, and his only way out is to take a job in a Mexican picture about man-eating orchids... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It is said that when a woman fights for a man, she is like an ANIMAL!


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Trivia

Hairy-chested actor George Nader was forced to subject himself to a complete body wax in order to be photographed in several scenes in abbreviated (for 1957) boxer-styled swim trunks. See more »

Quotes

Lily Frayne: My dear boy, one does need a little talent in this business; but, not necessarily for acting.
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Watch out Hedy's in Crawford Country!
31 August 2015 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Hedy's a star in crisis, at a crossroads in her career, too fond of the bottle and adrift without a man. Enter big strong George Nader who saves her from an onset accident and she's swept off her feet but there's trouble ahead especially in the personage of her daughter.

Sound familiar? If it doesn't you haven't seen many latter day Joan Crawford movies. Miss Lamaar's last feature is a low budget affair but that doesn't mean that it doesn't offer high grade fun for its target audience, namely people who enjoy sudsy melodrama with MOVIE STARS of a certain vintage.

Hedy looks great though it's obvious that she's either had a face-lift or some sort of surgical tape applied since her eyes are definitely different from her glory days. The real stretch of credibility comes in the casting of Jane Powell, also looking great, as Hedy's daughter. True they are 15 years apart in age so it's conceivable that they could be mother & daughter but at 44 and 29 respectively they look more like sisters plus Jane's character is clearly supposed to be much younger. She give an okay performance but she's miscast nonetheless.

As for the story it careens around not making a whole lot of sense, nor does it need to, but it's far more entertaining than many "good" films it would be considered inferior too.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1958 (Albania) See more »

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