Review: ‘A Woman of Distinction’

A Woman of Distinction is a loosely-tied grabbag of screwball and nonsensical doings about two warring-but-loving pedagogues. Sans much logic, the Rosalind Russell-Ray Milland teamwork is good for more laughs than not and the gags overcome a yarn [by Hugo Butler and Ian McLellan Hunter] that lacks sound motivation.

A Woman of Distinction is a loosely-tied grabbag of screwball and nonsensical doings about two warring-but-loving pedagogues. Sans much logic, the Rosalind Russell-Ray Milland teamwork is good for more laughs than not and the gags overcome a yarn [by Hugo Butler and Ian McLellan Hunter] that lacks sound motivation.

Featured is a running duel between Russell, the woman of distinction too busy for romance, and Prof Milland, who is dragged into a faked news-headlined affair with the dean of a woman’s college through the connivings of an overly-diligent press agent.

Russell pitches in with nice change of pace. Milland pieces together the necessary ingredients of genteel sobriety, confusion and indignation.

A Woman of Distinction

Production

Columbia. Director Edward Buzzell; Producer Buddy Adler; Screenplay Charles Hoffman; Camera Joseph Walker; Editor Charles Nelson; Music Werner R. Heymann

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Ray Milland Rosalind Russell Edmund Gwenn Janis Carter Mary Jane Saunders Francis Lederer

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