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Designing Woman

Dore Schary's last personal effort before exiting the Metro lot is a Runyonesque-type romp, based on a 'suggestion' by designer Helen Rose and deftly directed by Vincente Minnelli. It cleverly brings together the worlds of haute couture, sports (particularly boxing), show business, and the underworld.

Dore Schary’s last personal effort before exiting the Metro lot is a Runyonesque-type romp, based on a ‘suggestion’ by designer Helen Rose and deftly directed by Vincente Minnelli. It cleverly brings together the worlds of haute couture, sports (particularly boxing), show business, and the underworld.

Gregory Peck, a crusading sports writer, marries Lauren Bacall, a prominent fashion designer, and abandons his cluttered Greenwich Village apartment for her elegant East Side abode. Her friends are the chi chi set; his cronies are fellow sports scribes and Stillman Gym characters. The never-the-twain-shall-meet groups get together at their apartment when there’s a conflict between his weekly poker game and a reading for a Broadway musical for which she is designing the costumes.

Bacall, turning to comedy, is excellent as the fashion designer confronted by the world of fisticuffs. Peck is fine as the confused sportswriter and Dolores Gray scores solidly as his ex-girl friend. Topnotch characterizations are also turned in by Sam Levene, as the Front Page-type sports editor, Tom Helmore as the producer, Jack Cole as a choreographer, Jesse White as a peddler of information, and Chuck Connors as a mobster.

Designing Woman

  • Production: M-G-M. Director Vincente Minnelli; Producer Dore Schary; Screenplay George Wells; Camera John Alton; Editor Adrienne Fazan; Music Andre Previn; Art Director Cedric Gibbons
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 117 MIN.
  • With: Gregory Peck Lauren Bacall Dolores Gray Sam Levene Tom Helmore Mickey Shaughnessy
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